Palma de Gandia builds schools and colleges in Madagascar
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.