When not working hard at Camp Darby’s Transportation Motor Pool, Mascia Luschi's thoughts turn to her lifelong desire to help people facing difficulties.
Women's History Month is an annual month that raises awareness of the contributions women make in history and contemporary society. Luschi's efforts, at work and off post, highlight that effort.
“One of my dreams was to, go and offer my support in Africa, I quickly acquired all the needed driving licenses and left with a caravan to deliver humanitarian aid to needy population," Luschi said. "It was 2004 and since then my life changed completely because I never stopped volunteering with civil protection associations."
In 2016, a terrible earthquake measuring six on the Richter scale destroyed almost the entire town of Amatrice, in the Apennine regions of central Italy, killing an estimated 247 people in 142 seconds and creating “apocalyptic scenes” near the epicenter.
“When I became aware of the devastating earthquake I immediately made myself available to the civil protection and in a matter of days we left to Amatrice," said Luschi. “I am not ashamed to say that every night when we went back to our tents to sleep, I felt the desire to cry after seeing all that suffering.”
In September 2017, Luschi was on the front line once more to offer her support during cleanup operations following a major flood in her own hometown of Livorno.
“This service was very tough for me, eight people lost their lives and the request of support this time came from my fellow citizens, I knew I had to be strong for them, but it was hard,” said Luschi. “Today, we are facing the COVID-19 global emergency and I keep providing my volunteer help through Corpo Italiano di Soccorso Dell'Ordine di Malta Gruppo di Livorno. We are engaged every day in activities to support the weakest categories."
Luschi’s days are long, she has a full time job, a family and still takes pride in helping others.
“When my workday at the Camp Darby Transportation Motor Pool is over, I take care of my wonderful family and time permitting, I try to help my neighbors. I am proud of what I do,” Luschi said.