For the first time, 75 Congolese children will spend a holiday at Eni’s colony in Cesenatico; an opportunity to make new friends, have fun and for cultural exchange.
Last summer, 75 Congolese children left Pointe-Noire for a few days for a holiday at Eni’s seaside colony in Cesenatico together with children from Italy and Kazakhstan. As well as games and fun, the initiative was an opportunity to make friends, to get to know a different culture and to open up new possibilities. Since it was founded, Eni has established very close relationships with its people, who over the years have developed a strong sense of belonging and pride and the Cesenatico colony has been an integral element in such projects of involvement.
In 2017, Eni Congo for the first time proposed a summer colony holiday in Italy. The selected city was Cesenatico, one of the most popular tourist resorts on the Adriatic Riviera. The Congolese children travelled from Pointe-Noire to Italy where they were welcomed by the children of Eni staff and orphans from Kazakhstan. Overall, the colony hosted 390 children.
The summer colony is an important moment in young people’s lives and offers an opportunity to learn about new environments and to visit a new country, to make new discoveries and to share moments to be treasured for the rest of their lives. The first holiday organised by Eni Congo (formerly known as Agip Recherches Congo) was in 1979, thanks to an agreement between the company management and its social partners. This first experience was hosted in Gamboma, also known as Gam City, a city 272 kilometres from Brazzaville, in the central region of the country, in the Highlands Department.
Cesenatico, a holiday centre by the sea
The design and construction of Eni’s Cesenatico Colony was entrusted to the architect Giuseppe Vaccaro, a follower of the French architect Le Corbusier. Agip decided to build this holiday centre for the children of employees in the spring of 1937. Vaccaro wanted to send a message to the children who stayed there: at any time of the day, they should always be able to see the sea. In fact, in each room, on the stairs, inside the refectory and under the large verandas and in the courtyard, the sea and the salty air accompanies guests night and day. Thanks to this intuition of the Bologna-based architect, the living room became an unforgettable experience, and every day different. In addition, many sports activities are available, such as sailing, windsurfing, football, beach volleyball, basketball, as well as films, theatre and music. The project would not have been possible without the support and commitment of the General Manager of Eni Congo, Lorenzo Fiorillo, and the Italian Ambassador in Congo, Andrea Mazzella. Equally important was the contribution of the department of Human Resources, Organization and Services and its head, Gui Rodrigue Baloukoula.