„Menino Jesus“” is an orphanage for girls in Manhiça, approx. 78km north of Maputo. It is one of the establishments of the catholic diocese of Maputo.
The orphanage is managed by the nuns of the congregation of the “Franciscan Sisters Maria Mother of Africa” (Irmãs Franciscanas de Nossa Senhora Mãe de Africa).
The orphanage cares only for girls, most of whom have lost their parents due to HIV/AIDS (some are themselves infected) or other illnesses. Currently it accommodates 60 girls between the ages of 5 and 18 years.
Attached to the orphanage is a small agricultural project with a vegetable and poultry farm that is managed by two of the girls to provide both food and income to the orphanage.
The orphanage is an important institution in Maputo as it is run by Mozambican employees acquainted with the culture and tradition of the country.
The management of the orphanage enlarged the facilities to take in additional 10 girls. In order to do so a new building was constructed with a dormitory, lounge, kitchen and sanitary areas. The house is imbedded into the existing structure of the orphanage. The older girls moved from the "old" house into the "new" one to also begin their trainging in becoming more selfsufficient and independent. This allows them room to study for their exams and prepare for a life outside of the care of the sisters.
The Capricorn Foundation financed the construction and perimiter fencing of this new building. The furnishing of the new house was financed by the German Embassy in Maputo.