GABON, 2014


Finance of literacy school

Through an information campaign and a series of visits to some families who employ slave girls, on-site operators managed to arrange for a space of time for these girls to learn to read and write. The literacy project was born and developed in the capital Libreville, where this phenomenon is most visible and widespread.

The discovery of oil in the years ‘ 80 changed the economy and way of life of the Gaboneses, bringing well-being but reversing the values of which Africa is often teacher. Gabon, mainly the capital Libreville, is affected by a cruel young Western African slaves traffic. These girls, often kids, are sold as slaves to the Gabonese families seeking for house helpers, or they send them to sell at the market and then deprive them of the fruit of their labour. These young women live in slavery, are not remunerated but only fed in order to keep them alive, they work incessantly during the night and cannot hope for a different future. Not knowing how to read or write, they can’t communicate with families, who believe them happily settled in Gabon.

Gabon or Republic of Gabon, is a country located in Central Africa which consists of a small population of 1.705 .336 inhabitants and a subsoil rich in natural resources. Independent from France since 1960, the official language is French, in addition to the many languages of the forty ethnic groups which inhabit this country.