In Port-Berge, Madagascar, many young people from poor families become addicted, and many girls become prostitutes. They are forced to do so by their condition: 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 bodies.
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 day center 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 are deceived. The effects of a lack of education are severe. Therefore, as part of the classes at the common room, we 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 recruited into prostitution.
Design for Africa
Before the coronavirus pandemic and the related restrictions, classes were conducted at the school playground, but were dependent on class schedules. 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, the area is overgrown and needs be cleaned and prepared. Erecting a shelter will provide protection from the elements, 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 only the eldest 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 are often left without their homes or crops. That is why helping Africa is so important.
What are schools in Africa like? In villages they are small buildings, and sometimes lessons are conducted only under a roof, because the warm season prevails. In northern Madagascar it is important that school buildings are 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; adults who can read and write will no longer be deceived.