2012 – Instituto das Filhas de Maria Auxiliadora
Child trafficking, child prostitution, malnutrition, droughts and floods, AIDS and HIV are just a few of the many problems in Mozambique, one of the poorest countries in the world.
The children are under 10 when they have to leave their families and are “sold” or forced into prostitution workers in Swaziland or South Africa.
Being allowed to go to school or to study reading, arithmetic or writing, remains as an unattainable dream for many Mozambican children. In Naamacha, a village on the border with Swaziland and South Africa, Salesian women founded a home for these girls.
They built a dorm, opened a public school and a kindergarten. For the young people, the sisters have created the opportunity to learn different craft trades.
Today 96 girls between the ages of 6-17 years live in the dormitory, and approximately 300 children attend kindergarten every day. The children and young people find a safe living space in Naamacha. Going to school and learning crafts, give them a life perspective and enable a self-determined life.