Another of HOPE’s charitable efforts of 2012 was providing financial assistance to St Bakhita’s Youth centre, which is situated in the town of Mazabuka in the southern province of Zambia, Central Africa. It has a population of over 240,000 and the HIV/Aids rate is 17% of the population. 46% of the children do not go to school, 31% because of lack of funds. Income is generally £70-£100 per month.
The youth centre was officially opened in April 2011 to provide a safe environment for the youth of the area, is the only such facility in the town. Educational and recreational opportunities in the form of workshops, retreats, table tennis, and pool, cultural and social events take place at the centre. Funding for the construction of the building came from Italian and Irish donations.
Sr Mary De Largy, a Mercy Sister who has been working with vulnerable youth in Mazabuka for the past six years offers one to one counselling at the centre and provides some sponsorship for needy youth. HOPE03 donated £1,000 to this project.
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