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Children in Mozambique are sung this song that we wanted to bring to your hands in the form of a cloth book. Sewn by people with albinism who come to the Day Center that the Mercedarian Sisters of Maputo manage together with Africa Directo, it helps finance part of their activities.


Mozambican traditional tale

Design by Claudia Perez

Sewn by people with albinism from the Centro das Mercês in Maputo, Mozambique


Collection: Counted Fabrics

Size: 17x15cm

Pages: 4 

Binding: Cloth  

  I SBN: 978.84.123027.8.3

(Price without VAT €16.50)

RRP €15.87 

If you want to see how this Mozambican song is sung and told, here is this video:

Merces Center

In 2017, the Mercedarian Sisters and the NGO Africa Directo set up in Maputo, in the Matola neighborhood, T3, a care center for people with albinism, with the aim of improving the quality of life of these discriminated, persecuted and victims. of skin cancer.


The open center, called Centro das Mercês, which has become a point of reference for people with albinism. It works above all in three fundamental lines:

  1. Prevention of skin cancer : education in care and access to means of protection

  2. Social integration : Awareness in society and empowerment of albino people. Training and access to employment. Articulation with associative tissue.

  3. Human Rights : fight against discrimination. Demand for the government to assume its duties with respect to albino people, to respect, protect, and promote their human rights.

Around this center, albino people have formed  in a self-help and activism group, so that at the same time that they learn to take care of themselves, they have access to sun protection creams, regular eye check-ups and low vision glasses, they also meet to discuss issues about the discrimination they suffer and how to carry out tasks awareness raising and dissemination in their neighbourhoods.

In addition, the center has a dermatology consultation and an infirmary, psychological and social assistance, training through continuous courses in computer science and sewing, which allows them to access  jobs that do not require them to be outdoors exposed to the sun, and a professional who supports them in their job search.

* Since August 2021 in their sewing workshop they are making the fabric book for us: Macaco. With which a salary is obtained for those people who collaborate in the preparation of the book.

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