Palma de Gan­dia builds schools and col­leges in Mada­gas­car

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

By Sa­man­tha Kett PALMA de Gan­dia parish church is build­ing schools for teens and young adults from poorer parts of Mada­gas­car who mainly live off the land.

Along with the church com­mu­ni­ties in Jávea and Pego (Ma­rina Alta, Ali­cante prov­ince) Palma de Gan­dia is work­ing with the char­ity Manos Unidas Valencia ('Hands United') to set up high schools and col­leges for young peo­ple aged 10 to 20 whose fam­i­lies live off their own agri­cul­tural and live­stock farms.

Although the soil on the large is­land off the coast of South Africa is very fer­tile, only about 45% of it is cur­rently be­ing used be­cause of lack of re­sources.

They tend to be large fam­i­lies liv­ing in very small homes, with no space or time for young­sters to study.

Their par­ents will help out with the un­skilled labour, such as fetch­ing wa­ter and car­ry­ing sand, and will sup­ply equip­ment and carry out main­tenance works.

The 350-square-me­tre build­ing is 98% funded by Manos Unidas Valencia thanks to do­na­tions by var­i­ous church con­gre­ga­tions.

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