L'Altra Napoli is committed to restore a small area of the crime-ridden Sanità district in central Naples, opening up the often-ignored district to the rest of the city and improving the job opportunities for young people living there. The association will do this through a number of projects, developed along two twin axes: 1) social and cultural rehabilitation and 2) urban restoration. All project employees will be hired locally, from within the district.
1) Social rehabilitation and cultural activities
· Inhabitants of the zone will form a cooperative that offers tourist services, organizing guided tours and arranging student accommodation in hotel facilities linked to the Santa Maria parish church. The tourist agency will make arrangements with other tour operators in Naples so that the Sanità district may be included in tours of the city's artistic and cultural highlights.
· 20% of funding obtained will go toward restoration work in the churches and structures reflecting the district's artistic heritage. A XVIIth-century wooden organ above the high altar of Santa Maria della Sanità will be restored to working condition, at a cost of $65,000.
· The parish church of St. Severo, which offers remedial education to children aged 14 and under, will offer additional support and training services to reduce district drop-out rates. The program will also set up a new nursery school for about 15 children to take the youngest children off the streets.
· As a first measure to deal with unemployment, the program will focus on the recovery of artisan crafts and trades. Existing artisan laboratories will receive various forms of aid: a grant to cover costs of hiring new apprentices from the district, and contributions for training courses and marketing activities.
· A group of experts will provide coaching (tutorship) to existing or would-be small entrepreneurs.
· The program will provide opportunities for cultural growth and openings towards society at large. It will support existing theatrical productions at the laboratory of creativity directed by Prof. Dalisi in the Church of San Vincenzo e Immacolata. It will set up a young people's philharmonic orchestra, to be based in the Santa Maria parish church. (This project, which will receive 15% of the funds raised, will commence once the program is underway.) A request will be placed to the Municipality of Naples to allow the project to take over the management of the Museum dedicated to Antonio de Curtis (Totò), to be completed with European Community funding.
· An already functioning workshop will be enlarged and will create urban design products in wood and metal to enhance streets and buildings.
The message will be: the Sanità district is a place of culture and art, not only by virtue of its artistic heritage but also as a result of the intelligence and passion of its inhabitants.
2) Urban restoration
· Restoration will commence with the refurbishment of the facades of houses in an area delimited by two roads (Piazza S. Severo) .
· Scholastic and training facilities will be extended by restoring some premises of the Parish Church of San Severo and the adjoining Giardino degli Aranci (Orange Garden). These will be opened up to the inhabitants of the area.
· Obstructions found in the streets will be removed and a refuse collection service will be run by the L'altra Napoli association.
· A small contribution will be assigned to each condominium of the area for the restoration of jointly owned areas (e.g. courtyards, stairways).
· The district will be provided with a new route to the centre of the city: a building will be purchased and converted into a flight of steps providing a passageway from an overhead bridge to the Church of Santa Maria della Sanità, an investment of about $ 270,000.
As with many other socially deprived areas of Naples, the Sanità district, inhabited by about 67,000 people (covering an area of only 2.1 square miles) exhibits high rates of school dropouts and unemployment, especially among the young. These data explain the high rate of petty crime among young people (bag-snatching, pick-pocketing, theft -especially of cars, motorcycles and cellphones-, and episodes of bullying, with crime rates five times higher than the national average). The data also explain the diffusion of the culture of illegality that offers young people the incentive to adopt alternatives to education or work.
The association 'L'Altra Napoli,' which was founded following the mugging and murder of a pensioner whose culprits were never identified, will attempt to ameliorate the situation by implementing the project in question. The association's management will be entrusted to a group of professional people (the association members) and to the parish priest of the Basilica of Santa Maria alla Sanità, the reverend Antonio Loffredo, who is at the centre of the district's life and has a profound knowledge of its needs and potentialities.
Agreements with local and national authorities will be arranged as required.
L'Altra Napoli welcomes all corporations and individuals interested in partnering to fund The Rione Sanita. Their main needs include-
Up to $100,000 in funding to support the tourist agency
International advertising for vacations booked with the tourist agency
Funding and advertising for the new hotel in the area
Up to $75,000 to fund traditional glove making business in order to create jobs and preserve traditional artistry as well as retailers to sell the gloves internationally
$135,000 to establish a youth symphony orchestra and provide training for musicians
Sponsorship of a record deal for the youth orchestra