While the idea of mixing the leaders of the three major regions where Fondacio is in full swing in Guinea seemed to be progressing, slowly but surely, a national session of the leaders is emerging in a context of COVID-19.
From September 23rd to 27th, 2020, the training meeting for Fondacio leaders in Guinea is taking place in Kankan, at the Diocesan Centre Immaculate Heart of Mary. For 4 days, 25 young people and adults from N'Zérékoré, Conakry and Kankan will meet to reflect on the pastoral issues and challenges of Fondacio in this country.
At the heart of this initiative, Jean-Valentin HABA (Head of Fondacio in Guinea), passionate about nature, had the good idea to combine this pastoral training with an introduction to the culture of Artemisia to encourage young people to take up agricultural entrepreneurship. It is a capacity building event aimed at contributing to the eradication of malaria in Guinea, where this Artemisia annua plant, native to Asia, has received a lot of attention since it is presented as a "possible treatment" for covid-19.
During the opening ceremony, Bishop Emmanuel FELEMOU, Bishop of the Diocese of Kankan, who came to support the initiative, movedly encouraged those in charge to reconnect with the land for the promotion of this medicinal plant. The HOREB-GUINEE agro-pastoral farm, where the training is currently taking place, is one of the beautiful fruits of the partnership between Fondacio, the Maison de l'Artemisia and the Church of Kankan.
It should be recalled that Guinea is one of the African countries where Fondacio is in full expansion. It brings together three community groups in three dioceses (Conakry, Kankan, Nzérékoré). It is in one of these three regions that the Fondacio pastoral team in Guinea has chosen to hold the second edition of the national training meeting for leaders. It should be noted that since 2009, Guinea has not had another national meeting of this kind, bringing together all leaders in one place. Eleven (11) years later, Fondacio's leaders in this country are holding the right end to definitively relaunch the activities and engage in a new way in the structuring of community groups and the empowerment of projects in order to encourage young people to become actors of change in their environment.