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Henning Mankell to build village in Mozambique
Posted 2008-02-01
Henning Mankell Henning Mankell is using more than literature to help Africa - his generous donation of 15 million Swedish Kronor (1.6 million Euros) to the SOS Children's Villages charity is financing the construction of an entire village in Mozambique.

According to the SOS Children's Villages website the project will have "15 family houses for 150 orphaned and abandoned children and be located in the needy town of Chimoio". Education will also play a large role in the project:

  A kindergarten and a school will also be built in the village for the village children and several hundred children from the vicinity. "Education is important", emphasizes Henning Mankell. "At the SOS Children's Village in Maputo there is a girl, a foundling, who is now starting to study law at university. In some years perhaps she can work as a lawyer for children's rights. And she has first-hand experience that nobody else has! She will have the possibility to help the children in Mozambique considerably. This girl would not have had any chances in life if she had not been admitted to the SOS Children's Village. The children that get this chance will have the possibility to improve their society."  

Henning Mankell visits an SOS Children's Village in Maputo. Photo by Björn Lindgren.  Henning Mankell at the site of the planned village. Photo by Björn Lindgren.
Henning Mankell visiting an SOS Children's Village in Maputo
and the groundbreaking ceremony in Chimoio. Photos by Björn Lindgren

For more information about the project, read the complete article from Pelle Tagesson or visit the SOS Children's Charity website.