Saturday, 25 April 2009

Maison de l' Esperance

This morning we have been sampling some freshly baked croissants and pain au chocolat from one of the organisations we are partnering with....

The ships Mercy Ministries team is working with an "Italian Catholic order, the Souers Salisiennes, who are running "La Maison de l'Esperance" in town - a ministry for market working girls (sometimes trafficked, exploited, abused) who either are part of an alternative schooling program (3 years instead of 6) or a 4 folded skills training (baking, pastry making, soap making and cooking) to enable them to sell and survive on the market. These 14 to 18 year old girls get an hour of literacy training in the morning and then spend the rest of the morning in their "formations". Lunch is free. The afternoons they spend selling their products on the market. They have to come up with their own evening meal and pay 50 CFA (= 10 US cents) for an overnight" (text from an email I received so that I get the facts right)

The ship is partnering with them in various ways, one of which is by us buying freshly baked pastries on Saturday mornings! What a great idea, and a tasty one!


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