MOZ 16 - LAR BALAMA SUPPORT
The project carries out its activity in the District of Balama, in the Province of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, where the sisters have been present since 2005. This district is located in the south of Pemba Province, has an area of 5,455 km and a population of 145,633 inhabitants.
Cabo Delgado is the province of Mozambique with the highest illiteracy rate. Women speak only their mother tongue and girls in the villages attend (not all) school only up to fifth grade. In order to continue their studies, they must come to the district headquarters, Balama, where there are schools up to the twelfth grade. The girls who remain in the villages are therefore oriented towards an early marriage, this after having completed the traditional rites of initiation into adult life.
Due to this situation, the Comboni Sisters present in Balama, decided, in 2017, to open a lar where they could welcome these young people and adolescents from within the District and give them the opportunity to study and receive an integration formation. The Lar has the capacity to accommodate 48 young people.
In 2020 and 2021 it was not possible to accommodate them all due to the distancing measures due to Covid19, but this year we think we can return to maximum capacity. Our desire is to continue with this activity, but to continue with this project, we need help, to be able to buy food throughout the year, maintain the infrastructure and operating costs of the house, as well as its safety. Thanks to this project we could help these young women to have a different future and contribute to improving society in Mozambique.
- Provide the necessary conditions for comprehensive training
- Help reduce premature marriages
- Promoting a better future for women
Direct: 48 young women
Indirect: families and society
Referent sister for the project: Sr. Isabel Velasco