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A little background information

Trastevere - Rome
Trastevere - Rome

At the beginning of the 70ís among the many children with learning disabilities who attended the peopleís school of the Community of SantíEgidio in the outskirts of Rome, several were affected with a mental handicap and had often ended by dropping out of school. They found a welcome and friendship in the peopleís school.

In the streets around the monastery of Santí Egidio in Trastevere at that time there lived numerous adults with mental disabilities, people who were often entirely alone. Rome
Rome
Without friends or relations, abandoned to themselves, they spent their days at home or wandering aimlessly around the streets. Santí Egidio filled with young students and so it seemed natural to turn the church and the monastery into a meeting place for the disabled, a place where they could finally find friendship and understanding. Since then to befriend people who are in difficulty owing to a mental handicap has been the rule in all the Communities of Santí Egidio the world over.