At the beginning of the 1980″, Cécile Pelous, a fashion designer in Paris, decided to meet Mother Theresa. The meeting, in India, gave birth to a personal covenant to help children in difficulty and was the beginning of a long involvement in India and later in Nepal.
In India, Cécile contributed actively by supporting local actions, in order to bring a better quality of life to villagers.
In the 1990″, Cécile’s individual action was officially organized in France, and registered as an org.. A long involvement in the Teraï region, western part of Nepal, an area which was for centuries a natural boundary between India and Nepal, infested by diseases like malaria, started with Bina Malla and Parijat Ghosh. A home for 79 children facing real difficulties was built in Nepalgunj, with a school and later a college. The project started on a very bad land, during a difficult civil war, and was supported by a group of French, Dutch, German, and American.
In the 2000, many teenagers joined higher education in Kathmandu and AAA and partners org. supported them to reach an independent adult life. Regular visits to Kathmandu tried to evaluate the situation through interviews and meetings.
10 years ago, the German group decided to organize their own org. in Nepal, and we keep deep and friendly relationship with Ellen Dietrich, its president. AAA actions in Nepal are supported by French members and substantially by Diana Peterson and Choice Humanitarian.
More recently, after 2010, we had a decreasing number of students still in our programs. We integrated a large number of young people not originally from Nepalgunj. We built a large home in a valley 70 km. from Kathmandu, which was destroyed during the earthquake of 2015. AAA and Choice Humanitarian support partner programs in some remote villages, in Melanchi and Anarkot. See “Actions in Nepal”
Some members of our board living in Morocco, AAA started some modest programs related to education in villages of the High Atlas, an area of Berber population. See « Actions in Morocco »