This program is dedicated to the youngest children who attend primary schools or those who have not started their education yet. The monthly fee is €13, which is allocated for feeding and for the maintenance of the child, as well as school fees. The help is offered till the child finishes primary school. Maitri started the program in cooperation with congregations of Pallottine priests and Pallottine sisters in 1996, in response to consequences of genocide in Ruanda. Currently, the program is active in 8 countries.
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The program is focused at children and youth attending secondary schools. The monthly fee is €17 for the maintenance of the child and school fees. The program lasts about 6 years.The program was launched in response to the appeals of the Polish missionaries, aware of the tragic situation of inhabitants of Ruanda, Congo and Burundi after the genocide in 1994 and the subsequent wars.
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The aim of the program is to teach skills that will allow young people with no formal education to live on their own. The monthly fee covering school fees is €15 . The support lasts for 2 or 3 years, depending on the scope of the training program. The young people learn carpentry, sewing, embroidery and cooking. At the end of the course, they are given tools necessary for their future work.
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Have a Heart Adoption – Disabled Children – the program is focused on giving the opportunities for rehabilitation, attending school and for improving the living conditions of physically and mentally disabled children. The program lasts till the age of 21 or until they complete education. The monthly fee is €26 and is devoted to rehabilitation, purchase of prostheses, and fees of boarding school for handicapped. For children with significant disability, education is focused on teaching them how to cope with everyday life. More about Have a Heart Adoption – Disabled Children program .
Have a Heart Adoption of Blind Children – the program aims at ensuring education to blind children and preparing to deal with everyday life. The monthly fee is €26 and it covers the fees for boarding school for blind children. The program was launched in 2013 in cooperation with Franciscan Sisters from Poland who run a mission and a school for the blind in Kibeho, in Ruanda.
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‘Have a Heart Adoption’ – University Students program is run in order to enable the students, who completed secondary school within the framework of ‘Have a Heart Adoption’ program, to continue their education. The annual cost of maintaining a student is around €400-€1000 , depending on the country, level of education and the field of study. The contribution may even reach €85 per month in case when the benefactor, apart from study fees, also pays for accommodation and food for the student. The participation in the program is an individual decision of the ‘adoptive parent’ undertaken upon their student’s application, justified by the sisters coordinating the program. The ‘Maitri’ Movement has been running student support pilot programs in Congo and Cameroon since 2010. Support period lasts 3-6 years.
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‘Have a Heart Adoption’ -Catholic Seminarians program was initiated in 2009 by Jan Ozga, the Bishop of Doume- Abong Mbang Diocese in Cameroon. The participants are young Cameroonians with a vocation to the priesthood who passed their final secondary school exams. Their tutor is the bishop of the diocese that sent the candidate to the seminar. The annual cost of maintaining a student in the Higher Theological Seminary in Bertoua comes to €1000, i.e. about €80 per month. The education lasts 9 years. After the period of diaconate the seminary students are consecrated to become priests.
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