Long-distance love stories

We will be publishing, a few at a time, the stories that so many "long-distance parents" have generously shared with us, demonstrating their great love, generosity and humanity.

Our heartfelt thanks to all of them!


"20 years of long-distance love stories" for Adwa, and almost twenty years for me!

I had read an interview with Sister Laura in an insert that came with the newspaper Il Corriere della Sera, and I was struck by what she said.

I made a call to Cento, and Sister Laura herself happened to answer the phone! That call was how my long-distance sponsorship began: a little girl who is now a grown woman (and I hope will be one of the large group of people who express their gratitude by working for the mission).

Now I am the long-distance 'mamma' of a twelve-year-old boy, and I have just received his photograph: what proud, gentle eyes! As well as being the mother of three adult children, I am now also a grandmother of three... but I feel the same tenderness toward my long-distance children, and the same hope that they will grow up healthy, educated, generous, and capable of making an impact on the place where they live and work, and on the people around them, through their future choices and the skills they have learned.

It gives me great satisfaction to know that my little annual contribution is important, helping to perpetuate educational and pedagogical work without borders! Thank you!"


It’s great to know that the children of Adwa are like a part of your families, and that they hold a special place in your hearts!

"Dear friends at Adwa,

   A difficult time in our lives can sometimes lead to a new way of living in the world. Why not treat our own wounds by dressing those of others?

   This is how it has been since 1999. Our long-distance sponsorship, of Haua until 2011 and of Samarawit starting in 2012, not only contributed to the girls’ growth, education and medical care but made us feel at home in that little village which, according to a local Ethiopian proverb, is so important in a child’s growth.

   Things happen. Then we dress them up in words. One outfit we like to remember (and wear) is a striking epigram by the Latin writer Martial: “Quas dederis solas semper habebis opes”. We like to translate it as: “You will only have that which you give”.

   A big hug to our little Samarawit."

   Isabella and Alfonso


Thank you for offering us this motto, so appropriate for the experience of giving!


"My dear readers,

The idea of long-distance sponsorship through the Friends of Adwa arose out of a desire to do something in the memory of Dr. Luigi Cavalot, a physician (who passed away in Turin on August 20, 1997) who dedicated his life and work to anyone requiring help and assistance, especially in Turin’s Falchera district and in the farmlands of Mappano. Our choice fell on the mission in Ethiopia because of the presence of Sister Laura Girotto.
Our aim was to allocate monetary resources to the education and upbringing of minors in the hopes of encouraging them to go on to pursue a medical career, in Dr. Cavalot’s memory. The news of the new hospital is like a sign of Destiny.
We wish to thank Sister Laura for the courage she has demonstrated in the field over all these years, and send our kind regards to our friends in Cento."

Maria Luisa

It’s true, Luisa: remembering a person who has passed away through a long-distance sponsorship is the best way to generate new life! And the medical care project is like a long-distance legacy of this great physician.