St. Justin de Jacobis House, Alitena

St. Justin de Jacobis House, Alitena

This house is an excellent example of the work being done in post-primary education for rural girls. On top of providing skills training for over 200 children in an area with very high unemployment and high levels of poverty, the Daughters of Charity have prioritized girls’ secondary education. The Daughters noticed that most girls in the area are unable to continue education past grade 8, even if they want to and have the grades to do so, often because of a lack of finances. The sisters provide full boarding for a group of 20 to 24 girls in grade 9 and 10. This includes education, housing, studying materials and food. This allows the girls to study with everything they need and without distraction, living a healthy and well-balanced life. Through this they can reach their full potential.

This project in particular is the kind of project the Daughters of Charity hope to expand in order to address the disparity between boys and girls and between urban and rural areas detailed above, particularly in secondary schooling.