Actual Situation

The Guinea-Bissau, a nation located on the coast of West Africa, has approximately 1.38 million inhabitants with an area of 36.125 square kilometers and is one of the poorest countries in the world in economic terms. The Guinea-Bissau was a Portuguese colony until 1974, the year he became independent after a war of liberation.

Most of the population lives as farmers, integrated self-subsistence economy. Fences 3,600 tabancas (villages) in the country lack any kind of comfort, health conditions are highly precarious. The contrasts between country and city are very marked. In 2530 the tabancas there is only one primary school.

The focus on development of the system of education after independence, was not substantiated and there was no economic growth and the education sector, like other sectors of society, became so extremely dependent on external funding through cooperative programs and credit. Of the state budget, the education sector during the period 1978-88 received 14-17% of the total then it decreased to approximately 10% (10.4% in 1995).

Another sign of the increasingly weak position of the education sector in resource distribution is that the percentage of 24% of GDP in 1984, declining to 0.9% in 1993 from 94% of the sector budget that was allocated to teachers' salaries and staff administrative (1993). The scarce resources available to the sector are therefore used in a very inefficient.

Besides the official education system, starts today an emerging flora of alternative schools run by religious communities or individuals, on this basis to reduce the shortages experienced in the country, the project and Mercy Rescue, among its various activities, decided to create two centers alluded to herein whose targets are aimed at promoting literacy as a way to eradicate missinformation that many of these targets are deleted.

These schools are highly disadvantaged children, mostly children of low-income farmers, and some of these children still live trauma caused by tragic moment, brought on by the war last
Orphans, almost his entire family dead.

The control of tropical diseases such as malaria and others, who predominate in this region, has been one of our biggest challenges daily, our students highly exposed to the disease, in some cases they even die from lack of care and monitoring.
Malnutrition is also a factor affecting the children of these schools, given the severity of symptoms arriving students to faint in the middle class.

The needs:
The greatest difficulty that we have encountered lately is the lack of school equipment (driver and chairs, mostly) the lack of educational materials (books, notebooks, pens, pencils, eraser, crayons and etc..), Water pipes drinking, office equipment (computers, printers, photocopiers, etc.). lack of school equipment (driver and chairs, mostly) This problem has greatly hampered the functioning of schools, have even resorted to help children who own it stands ready to bring their own stools, knowing however that quite a sacrifice, since sometimes get quite where school children have to walk under sun and rain.

The project have no resources to provide basic nourishment needed, whether students or teachers, a fact that makes the job of either one or other extremely hard. There are 600 students 18 teachers six cooperating cleaning, secretarial, Guard.