FROM FASHION IN FRANCE TO PHILANTHROPY IN GUINEA BISSAU; THE BUSINESS OF GIVING BACK (MARYANNE NJERI)
A former advocate for the world of fashion, Lucille Gomes decided to give back to society by providing for children suffering from Noma. A national of Guinea Bissau, and based in France, she shares about her work.
Q: What inspired you to leave the fashion industry and go into a non profit business?
It was not really an inspiration but a human encounter that deeply enlightened me on boldness and empathy. This led me to create my foundation AUA HELP NOMA which is a symbol of hope for all the actions that in support of children suffering with ” My dream is to have the same face as you “…! To cure the children born with NOMA. Noma (cancrum oris or Vincent’s disease) is now used to describe a severe, aggressive gangrenous infection of the orofacial tissues, including bone. The disease occurs mainly in children with malnutrition, poor oral hygiene and debilitating concurrent illness.