These are two centers born in order to offer hospitality, protection, and support to the single mothers and young vulnerable women. Educators, voluntary workers, social and psychological assistants work there and provide the girls with:
• Psychological support;
• Educational-motivational paths for self-awareness and self-esteem;
• Research, mediation and family reunion;
• Vocational education and training;
• Recreational and sporting moments;
• Micro-credit for the development of small businesses;
It is thanks to the work of the Salesians and their many collaborators and women collaborators if today Safari, a 17-years-old girl, has hopes for herself and her baby. Abandoned by her father at an early age and with a conflicting relationship with her stepfather, Safari has ended up living on the street. There she has met a man who, after having courted her, abandoned her when he found out that she was pregnant. At the 6th month of pregnancy, Safari returned to live in the street, and then ended up in jail, following a cruel and indiscriminate police operation against the street children.
The mediation of the Salesians of Goma was then essential, who were able to get by the Juvenile Court the custody of many children. Thus, on August 18, at "Maison Marguerite", was born “Baraka (blessing) Moise”.
Justine, instead in just 16 years, has already suffered so much. After the separation of her parents, the girl found herself contested between her father and mother and forced to move several times; at the end, escaped from her mother, while she was trying to reach her father, she was kidnapped by a soldier of the rebel troops that for years have been fighting with the army and she was raped for two months. Being pregnant, through the help of a local civilian group and the Social Affairs Division, she is guided to the “Maison Marguerite”. It is only at that point that Justine's sufferings end, because the center takes care of her and her little baby.
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