We try to ensure that the disabled young people leave Tanjomoha with a trade. According to their capabilities, they follow one of these three paths: sewing & dress making, carpentry & joinery. Alternatively they can attend secondary school (and have the possibility to go to university thereafter).


Young people who have not attended school begin to learn to read, write and count for one or two years, under the guidance of a specialized teacher. After this, they begin the technical training of their choice which lasts for three years.

Sewing & dress making school
The majority of disabled young people choose to study dressmaking and embroidery for 3 years, in order to gain real expertise in these disciplines. They make all kinds of clothes for men, women and children, as well as making embroidered tablecloths and sundries. They also study other topics such as food hygiene, home economics, child care, cooking and gardening.

At the end of their studies, they receive a sewing machine so that they can immediately start work and earn money to support themselves.

Carpentry school
Boys whose disability is not too acute can study carpentry. After three years, they become really competent and skilled. For two years, they learn to work with hand tools (saw, hammer, etc.). In their third year, they learn to work on a woodworking machine, which allows them to be employed in joineries. They are able to manufacture all kinds of furniture, doors, shutters, etc…

They also learn how to use melting pots and small forges and learn how to do gardening, as well as studying academic subjects such as wood technology and home economics etc…

At the end of their studies, they receive a set of tools (in a toolbox), so they can begin their working lives.

Secondary education and above
Some young people, however, have followed normal schooling since childhood. If they have the desire and capability for school, they can continue to study at the College of the Sisters of Vohipeno, and can then progress to study the baccalaureate at Manakara or Vohipeno. They then have the possibility to pursue graduate studies in various universities or specialized schools in Madagascar.