Father’s Day this year falls on 16 June and ‘16 June’ is also the name of a Christian Aid Ireland supported community in Angola. It provides housing for former street children who despite growing up fatherless are now embracing fatherhood.
Despite the availability of a life-saving vaccine, efforts to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo has been severely hampered by fighting between armed groups and mistrust of aid workers.
For hundreds of former street children in Lobito, Angola, ‘16 June’ has a double significance. Not only is it the International Day of the African Child, it is also the name of the community they call home.
In Angola, less than a quarter of girls of secondary-school age are still in the classroom. Read how Irish Aid and Presbyterian Church Ireland funded projects are helping young teenage girls stay in school.