Though very successful, the project was not renewed for structural and organisational reasons. At that time, Carlo Pepe found himself at a crossroads and needed to figure out his next steps: give up or take a different path outside of school. Given the wonderful impact that the project had on his differently abled students, he rolled up his sleeves and together with nine teachers and disabled pupils, created Aurora "Valori & Sapori” (‘values and flavours’).
“At the very beginning of the adventure, we did not have a proper place to carry out our activities, so we had to rely on friendly companies, restaurants, hotels as well as on the Municipality of Pescara and neighbouring ones to organise catering for festivals and in city parks. From 2012 to 2015, we also dealt with the resale of professional clothing. So we were able to employ some staff from the start”, recalls Carlo Pepe.