AFRICA/MADAGASCAR - To promote education for girls in the mission of Ankaramibe

Thursday, 30 November 2017


Ankaramibe (Agenzia Fides) - In the vicinity of the town of Ankaramibe, in the region of Ambanja, poverty, backwardness, marginalization are registered. The inhabitants of the small rural villages of these suburbs are dedicated to livestock farming, sheep farming and livelihood farming, carried out with primordial methods. Here, as in the rest of the Country, the condition of women is very difficult. Girls receive no education, are forced to get married early and to care for their children, almost always born out of health centers without any assistance. They do the most humble jobs, both at home and in the fields.
To intervene on this situation, which is rooted in a rigid patriarchal culture that is difficult to demolish, the nuns of the congregation of the Santa Teresa's Disciples of the Child Jesus are committed to promoting female formation in the missionary school. The nuns also want to allow young people who live in the poorer, remote and isolated villages to attend the school within the mission, providing them a boarding school.
In order to ensure that girls who live in isolated and remote villages, even 60-70 kilometers away, can attend regularly and profit lessons, it is important for them to be accommodated near the school structure. For this reason the religious are completing the construction of a foyer but need furniture such as beds, wardrobes.
"To welcome these girls means giving them a real chance of emancipation, far from harassment and abuse", the nuns explain in a note sent to Agenzia Fides. "In addition, through education, young people will acquire the skills and abilities to become informed citizens, and positively contribute to the future of their families and the entire community. Parents do everything for their children with the hope of offering them a better life. Despite the huge sacrifices, their chances are always very scarce, many are farmers or breeders". (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 30/11/2017)