martedì 25 novembre 2014

Self Help Building scandal, we need help!

Photo shooted during the 2012 building site occupation. Photographer: Fabrizio Zani

I write you cause I'm not listened in my country.
I am from Ravenna, Italy, and I want to denounce the situation I'm living in the last 5 years.
In 2006 I partecipated to a self help building houses program in the city of Ravenna.
The project was thought for young and low salary's families by the same municipality. The unique aspect of the self build is that those who build the house are the future owners themselves.
They commit supplying a predeterminated number of hours of manual labour until the project has been completed and are obviously assisted and directed by professionals or by consultancy organisations, which resolve all the legal and bureacratic problems related to building practices.
To do that the City and District of Ravenna picked out Alisei Ngo. They both signed an Agreement. 

See the document:

Alisei's role in this process is above all the support the operative phases of the projects.
To devolope the project "Un tetto per tutti", the organisation created a co-operative society, named Alisei Cooperativa Sociale, which, amongs other things, deals with housing intermediation, but it is above all the operative arm of the Self Build Partnership.

Self-help building families in Filetto (RA) in 2008.

The building site started in november 2006 and for a couple of years it went ahead with negligibles problems, untill the families reached the roof of the building. 
Then Alisei started to missing assistance and supply towards us.
We suddenly informed the Town Planning Management Service and Council Estates, responsible of the project.
We received fron him reassurances and we kept on working but during the 2009's summer Alisei disappered. 
At that date our families have been working for almost 21.000 hours and realized the rought contruction of the houses. Since that date we have never been working again, as the city hall never replaced Alisei with another support subject.
In 2012, tired of the situations, we occupied the building site for 94 day/nights

See the video at this link:

However nothing changed and the City and District of Ravenna even declared us defaulting with the contract.
At the end of 2013 we engaged in legal proceedings against Alisei Ong, the City and District of Ravenna and the Bank who financed the project.
As a result the Mayor ask our families 3 milions € as compensation instead of asking to Alisei Ngo (see article: )

The project "Un tetto per tutti" has not being developed only in Ravenna, but since 2002 has involved at least 5 italian regions for about 20 projects.
Of these projects only 2 have been completed as contract, few of them have been finished paying with extra charges by the self building families and the rests are totally abandoned. Here the images of Trezzo sull'Adda (Milano):

Trezzo sull'Adda (MI), in this situation since 2010.

The day 8th october 2013 Senators of Movimento 5 Stelle interrogated the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, Equal Opportunities, Youth Resources, Foreign Affairs and Regional Autonomy about these events but today nobody gave an official answer, even if in june the Foreign Ministry has ordered the withdrawal of recognition of eligibility to Alisei NGO.

During this period I had knowledge of many other disquiting facts over Alisei Ngo reputation.
The 15th september 2008 the European Courthouse declared this organisation guilty after the European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF) commenced an investigation of the applicant for gross professional misconduct and serious breach of its contractual obligations (Case T-481/08). 
2 administrative detention, in 2006 and 2011 have been comminated to Alisei Ong by two different government cabinets: 
2006. Administrative detention by Protezione Civile 
2011. Administrative detention by Education Minister

Still operate after this organisation "defrauded" circa 200 families in a self help building houses project named “Un tetto per tutti” led with italian municipalities and regional governments. Nobody has had something to declare or to demounce, even if the fiscal damage (for the state) achieves the amount of 30-40 milions €.

Why the life conditions of our families are completely ignored, both by the Italian government and by the European Community, over and over informed, no matter how much our situation is a pure example of violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that says: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.(article 25)" ?

If unveil serious happening like those are in Your area of competence, better still if these circumstances have constantly been ignored by a member of the European Community, I am turning to you asking to move formal request to the administrative bodies qualified to guarantee to our families Justice in short time.

If you want to help us, please share my page with your friends, 
- or send text of this letter to Chief of Subcommittee on Human Rights.
- or send a tweet to 
- or contact the european profile in facebook