The Mahango orphan care centre was opened in 2013. Back then, we had 8 boys in our care. 30 children are living in the centre at present – boys and girls of various ages, including pre-schoolers. We help them to get on their own feet, so they can become positive change for Africa. We teach them to be self-reliant and partially self-sufficient, to cooperate and to be responsible. However, children cannot take care of everything themselves. For a home to become a real home, we need to cultivate and improve it and that can be done only with your help
Children who have lost their parents, in most cases due to AIDS or malaria, are at home in the orphan care centre. In the poor and morally weaker areas it also sometimes happens that a parent abandons his/her child born into the first relationship in order to start a new relationship somewhere else. Such a child then survives with help of his/her old grandparents or very distant relatives who are not able to take adequate care of him/her.
So, the Mahango centre then becomes a real home with family feeling for these children. They are taken care of by nuns, male and female civilian caregivers, and a cook. Other orphans with whom they share the connection due to similar life experience and newly found friendships become their brothers and sisters.
The orphan care centre covers the children’s most basic needs
1. home with a family feeling 2. enough food 3. clothing, hygiene, and medical treatment, if needed 4. education
We help them to get on their own feet, so they can become positive change for Africa. We teach them to be self-reliant and partially self-sufficient, to cooperate and to be responsible.
Everybody has an irreplaceable role within the community in the centre, and the rest of the community relies on them. Everyone can contribute by applying their talents, skills, or accomplishments. While one group of children is cleaning the dining room, the second one is helping with cooking, the third group grows fresh vegetables in the garden, and the fourth is taking care of the livestock. The groups take turns after some time, which gives them ideas and experience which they will benefit from after returning to the "outside world".
However, children cannot take care of everything themselves. The Bez mámy organization thus must provide enough food, fire wood for cooking, pay the caregivers’ and the cook’s wages, and provide water, for example by building a water tank; pay the electricity bills and provide alternative source of power during outages. For a home to become a real home, it has to be cultivated and improved and the motherless children can achieve that only with your help.