During the fifth African Union-European Union (AU-EU) summit held on 29 and 30 November 2017 in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) which brought together EU and African leaders in order to define the future direction of the cooperation between the two continents, the President of Triumph Group International, Maria Criscuolo, supported the first edition of the charity event Une Toile pour Sauver l’enfant.
A unique event of its kind in Côte d’Ivoire, supported by UNESCO’s Abidjan office, during which 50 Ivorian painters of national and international fame put their talents at the service of children.
19th, 20th, 21st October 2017: three dates that saw the realization of a project started in 2009 in Ivory Coast by the TOUS POUR LES ENFANTS Foundation. The aim was to bring together, in one place, 100 unpublished works by 50 African painters to mobilize funds for children’s rights. The 100 artistic creations were exhibited at the Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire during the event and then put on sale until 5th December 2018. Sale revenues will be used to produce 3,500,000 illustrated textbooks distributed free of charge to primary school children of Ivory Coast.
The theme chosen for the first edition of this initiative was hand washing. Over 3.5 million primary school children will receive a handbook that describes, in a funny, simple and intuitive way, the usefulness of washing their hands regularly and a reminder of the basic rules on personal hygiene and prevention. The manual also includes a section on the legal rights of all children in the Ivorian country.
The purchase of one of the 100 paintings presented during the event, currently exhibited at the Milan office, has represented for Triumph Group International, always very attentive to the support of charitable activities, an opportunity to support in a concrete and effective way the wellbeing of children in Ivory Coast.
The chosen painting was created by the painter Allou Koffi Anicet, known under the stage name Ankofa. The artist is one of the 50 painters who dedicated their time, energy and love to the children of the Ivory Coast by supporting this initiative.
The TOUS POUR LES ENFANTS Foundation, created in July 2013 by Olivier Pepe, is a non-profit philanthropic and non-political organization that seeks to facilitate the development of the child. Its mission is to help Ivorian children, intervening in the field of education, health and social assistance, without distinction of sex, race or origin.