Izilpa has been on the Masana staff since 2010. She teaches our advanced literacy class. She has a real gift for connecting with the older boys at the day center. Izilpa is married to Anacleto, another member of our staff.
Helping Boys Get Home
An ever-growing population of boys consider the streets of Maputo, Mozambique their home. Poverty, problematic family situations, and an inability amongst families to support their loved ones have caused many boys to seek refuge in the inner city. Those seeking new lives of opportunity are instead forced to face the realities of life on the street and the daunting task of returning home.
Mozambique is a nation rich in tradition and community. Families are extensive and well-adept at caring for those closest to them. These families and these communities are the key to ending street-living amongst Maputo’s youth. It is by engaging the pre-existing family structure already in place in Mozambique that Masana fights this epidemic of street boys. Simply put: returning them home.