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18.03.2009 13:02

Keita to inaugurate XICS centre in Mali


On March24th, the FCB Foundation will open a new Solidarity Centre in Bamako, the capital of Mali. It will be the biggest centre of XICS network.

The XICS Centre in Mali will give support to almost one hundred vulnerable children aged between 7 and 16 in the area of Téléphone Sans Fil in Bamako. With a surface area of more than 12.500 m², it will be the biggest facility in the XICS network. It will provide teaching, psychosocial, health and nutritional support as well as becoming a local public school, something which until now had been inexistent in the area.

Wide representation in Mali

Representatives of FCB Barcelona, led by Club president Barcelona Joan Laporta, will leave for the inauguration ceremony on Monday. He will be accompanied by first team football star Seydou Keita, corporate director general Joan Oliver and the director general of the FCB Foundation, Marta Segú. Representatives of the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) as well as members of the governmental International Cooperation Secretariat and Bamako City Council authorities will also be present

Keita keen on project

Keita is particularly interested in this project which will be based in his home city. He will also be in Mali because of international commitments and will be the guest of honour at the inauguration in Téléphone Sans Fil.

Foundation has invested 247,000 euros

The centre also counts on the support of Mutuelle Benkan, Enda Tiers-Monde and, particularly, the AECID (Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo) as well as the Foundation Polaris World. The Town Council of Commune II Bamako has also participated. The FCB Foundation has contributed with 247,000 euros.

Keita to inaugurate XICS centre in Mali
Mosquito screens

The Malaria No More association is providing 2,000 mosquito nets to the FCB Foundation to help combat this deadly disease. The donation was agreed last August.

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