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Good Shepherd Sisters in Madagascar
The GSS have been in Madagascar since 1978 and subsequently established their mission in the country. They are present in 6 communities: Manao No Zina (Sandrandahy), Tanambao (Morondava), Itaosy (noviciate and community – Antananarivo), Amparibé (Antananarivo), Antsirabe (prenoviciate). In Morondava the GSS are present since 2008, and their work aims to support vulnerable women, girls and children living in conditions of marginalization and distress. They run a shelter for young girls (6 y.o. till 18 y.o.), a primary school for vulnerable children located in Tanambao, one of the poorest districts in Morondava, and a vocational training centre for women and girls to gain skills like tailoring, sewing, catering etc., in order to become financially self-sustainable.
In Morondava, the GSS community is composed of 10 sisters: one of them is a qualified social worker who runs the shelter for young girls and who coordinates the project’s activities supported by GSIF; one is a qualified primary school teacher who teaches in the primary school of Tanambao; others are social workers and teachers who are employed in the women’s and girls’ vocational training centre.
This project aims to ensure, in 2020, a safe living space, health and psychological assistance as well as school attendance for the 12 girls living in the shelter. Through this assistance, the project will ensure to protect, rehabilitate and reintegrate young vulnerable girls at risk or victims of violence and/or sexual abuses, while shaping a more just society free from social stigmas and negligence of gender-based violence. The girls will be accompanied by experts in psychosocial support to overcome their traumas and will benefit from education/professional trainings to make them able to slowly become financially independent.
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COUNTRY BACKGROUND / OVERVIEW
Destination country for migrants from all over S.E Asia & South Asia. Home Affairs Ministry estimates 1.8million are registered foreign migrants. Roughly the same number are undocumented & smuggled into the country, working in informal sectors – restaurants, shops, construction, plantations. Vulnerable to debt bondage & human trafficking. Suffer exploitation from employers & corrupt enforcement officials, and risk being arrested and detained in immigration detention camps, sometimes re-trafficked. Rescued victims are placed in shelters (safe houses) during investigation. Malaysia is on tier 2 Watch List of US Trafficking in Persons Report. Government’s protection system is inadequate, inconsistent rehab services, no standardised victim-centred response to victims. There are 7 govt shelters for victims of human trafficking.
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