In 2005 the Diappi Family decided to make a generous donation in memory of the deceased Olga in favour of a project supporting and supplying vocational training to particularly vulnerable young orphans who lost their parents to AIDS in Zambia.
“Our grandmother, Olga Diappi, always loved brave and innovative projects. We wanted to convey her enthusiasm and passion by supporting a project that would supply young people in difficulty with the tools that enable them to build a better future. Hence the idea to build Olga’s guest-house/showroom in Livingstone, Zambia, to give financial support to the vocational school created by CELIM in the area and enable a greater number of orphans and vulnerable young people to access free professional courses. What in 2008 was an overgrown yard and a house in ruins has become a restaurant, where some of the school’s students work, and a showroom where the handicrafts produced by the school are sold. The enthusiasm for this project has won the hearts of many friends who have helped turn Olga’s into a reality. It ‘good to see that our help has become something tangible, that grandmother’s dream has turned into bricks and smiles. ” Today, as well as being an excellent Italian restaurant just a stone’s throw from Victoria Falls, Olga’s – The Italian Corner is also an educational project that showcases a different approach to tackle Africa’s problems. As our grandmother taught us, the most beautiful gift is that one never ceases to learn“.
Since then, the whole family has been increasingly more involved in the project, taking different actions to keep this noble and original initiative going, celebrating important events such as weddings and christenings and urging people to do the same.