In Port-Berge, Madagascar, young people from poor families become addicted to addiction, and girls become prostitutes. They are forced to do so by the situation, lack of food, activities, acceptance, care and safety on the part of parents or guardians. To forget, young people start taking local drugs, and if they need money, they steal or sell their body.
Forms of aid in Africa
First and foremost, to change children’s lives requires nutritious meals, clean water, and education. Then we give them hope for a better future. We want to create a common room for them where they will receive their meals every day. In the future, we also plan to open a small canteen for the poorest. In Madagascar, a large number of adolescents and adults cannot read or write. The problem of illiteracy makes their situation worse, they cannot find work and they are deceived. The effects of a lack of education are severe. Therefore, as part of the classes at the common room, I will conduct literacy courses. Girls are even more vulnerable to violence and abuse. Juvenile marriages and early pregnancies are a big problem, especially in the countryside. Therefore, sewing courses and other activities will be launched that will provide girls with work in the future. In this way, we can prevent them from being married off too early or from prostitution.
Design for Africa
Before the coronavirus epidemic and the introduced restrictions, activities and games were conducted on the school playground, but they were dependent on the educational institution’s schedule. Our goal is to build a shelter in a new, two-hectare area and conduct educational and entertainment activities for children and teenagers there. Currently, it is very overgrown, it must first be cleaned and prepared. Erecting a shelter will provide shelter from the sun and rain, so classes can be conducted regardless of the weather. We are organizing a fundraiser for children from Africa to ensure a better future for them.
Education in Africa
On Red Island, poverty levels are high. The result is that children are sent to work. As many as 28% of children aged 5 to 17 work instead of studying. It is a more frequent phenomenon in rural areas. For many families, school fees and educational expenses are too high: the purchase of uniforms, shoes and school supplies. This is too much of an expense for many of them, so the oldest children, mostly boys, receive education. 1 in 4 children leave primary school and 1 in 5 lower secondary school. The situation is aggravated by the floods and cyclones that often hit this region of the island. Overnight, people may be left without a home or crops. That is why helping Africa is so important.
What is school in Africa like? In the villages it is a small building, lessons are also held under a roof, because the warm season prevails. In northern Madagascar it is important that the building is solid due to recurring floods. Much of the activity takes place outdoors. Especially sports, dance and recreational activities.
Building a shelter and creating a place to learn and play is also a safe shelter and a place for the development of the local community. By providing classes for children and teenagers, we give them a chance to change their lives, and adults who can read and write will stop being deceived.