Angola

Population:19.1 millionLiteracy Rate:70%Religion: Roman Catholic (38%)

The Salesians are making a difference in Angola where the need is great. Two-thirds of the population is illiterate, 68% live in poverty, and half the children under the age of 5 are malnourished. Furthermore, 3 million Angolans have returned to the country since the end of a violent civil war in 2002 and are now living in refugee camps.

Featured Mission

Bring Classrooms to Refugee Camps

More than three million Angolans have returned home since the end of the civil war in 2002, according to UNICEF. Their hope for new lives includes education.  At one refugee camp at Luanda, refugees survive in rough shelters.  To serve refugees, the Salesians build schools, assist abandoned children and the wounded, as well as provide food and medicine for aid centers.  Adults receive simple lessons in reading and writing and children receive oratory classes.  In this way, they prepare to rebuild their lives.


More Missions in Angola

Build Schools

In Angola – a country with a 70% literacy rate according to UNICEF – the opportunities provided by education are truly life changing. Through Salesian Missions, children, youth and adults have access to schools and educational programs in nine communities. Classes range from simple lessons in reading and writing for adults in refugee camps to shelter and education for street children.

Bring Sports Programs

In Angola – a country with a 70% literacy rate according to UNICEF – the opportunities provided by education are truly life changing. Through Salesian Missions, children, youth and adults have access to schools and educational programs in nine communities. Classes range from simple lessons in reading and writing for adults in refugee camps to shelter and education for street children.

Protect Youth from Disease

Three million refugees have returned to their homes in Angola since the end of the civil war in 2002, according to UNICEF. At the Lwena refugee camp transfer center, refugees receive food, clothing, medical care and training to help them rebuild their lives. Health is an important priority, and refugees receive instruction about the dangers of land mines and the prevention of AIDS.

Teach Job Skills to Youth

In Angola, 68% of the population lives in poverty – with 26% living in extreme poverty, according United Nations Development Program statistics. Many youth know that access to vocational training is critical to help them rebuild their lives and their country. At Salesian houses in nine communities, students learn skills that will help them prepare for their future – and the future of their communities.

Feed Hungry Children

In Angola, nearly half of children under the age of five are malnourished, according to UNICEF. Many children were child combatants, or are orphans or abandoned and now live on the streets or in refugee camps. At Salesian houses across the country, children receive the basic necessities of food, shelter, clothing, medical care and education. With proper nourishment, children are prepared to attend school, learn job skills and become leaders in rebuilding their country.

Give Hope to Street Children

Often, the statistics regarding children in Angola can be overwhelming. According to UNICEF, nearly half of under-five children are malnourished. More than one in 10 children under age 14 has lost one or both parents and 43,000 are separated from their families. Nearly a third of children from ages 5 to 14 are working. Child trafficking is an emerging problem. However, at Salesian Missions houses across the country, youth find shelter, nutrition, education – and hope.

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