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​The House for Life for Cameroonian girls

In the January issue of Mondo e Missione, the journal of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (pime), Isabella Mastroleo tells the story of the House for Life in Maroua, Cameroon, which takes in girls of any origin, religion and social class who are rejected by their families because they are pregnant or keen to go to school. They are girls who have been beaten, sold and tortured but who, since 2012 – when the Maison pour la vie was founded by the pime missionaries Danilo Fenaroli and Giovanni Malvestio – succeed within this structure in picking themselves up, acquiring an education and learning a trade. With psychological guidance too, they must all choose an activity, to prevent idleness from chasing them back into a spiral of dependence on their husbands, partners or fathers.

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