Saturday, March 2, 2019

New Uniforms!

The CCUPG program that gathers, in 2019 for the first time, children who attend the Escolinha do André, from the 1st to the 5th grade, and the bigger ones from the 6th to the 12th, will now have very special unfirms for the sponsoring children. The uniforms will be made by the colleagues Maria Gabriel and Gina Sitoe, that last year attendend the Sewing course, which was financed by the ALG as part of our support for Technical Education. The girls are already working on them and we’re excited to watch the results.





Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Congratulations Júlio !

Júlio, our dedicated student with a university scholarship recently became an engineer with a great contract at Bureau Veritas Mozambique.  This week he finally defended his thesis!
We now close the chapter on this great case of success supported many years by our Charity. In Júlio´s own words: “One more accomplishment and again I share my big gratitude for your support ever since I was at high school – here is my final confirmation, as I now graduated from my course of Mining Engineering with the average of 14/20. 






Monday, February 11, 2019

Back to School



The school holidays are over in Mozambique and ALG has welcomed all the children with open arms. The school calendar is different from Portuguese, but as also 3 periods:
First quarter: February 5 to May 15
Second quarter: May 20 to August 20
Third quarter: September 5 to December 13
We had already missed all the children and youngsters that benefit from our projects daily. These projects are only possible thanks to all the ALG supporters. We have already had the opportunity to deliver School Supplies for this New Year in the program Crescer com a UPG, at Xai-Xai!
We're hoping to have a year full os success!




Wednesday, February 6, 2019

School Feeding at ALG!


 Do you know which one is the biggest ALG Project? It’s the Feeding Program in Santa Luisa Marillac School in Manjangue!
In this project ALG assures a nutritious hot meal and drinkable water to 900 children from the 1st to the 7th grade, 46% female students. Every week day our dear cooks work hard to deliver a delicious lunch to all the students. ALG is proud in offering work opportunities to the local community contributing to the development of Local and Family Economy.
Between giant pots and pans our cooks, Mamas Angelica and Mama Sandra, keep the good mood. Lunch is ready for ALG children!





Thursday, January 31, 2019

Flowers Scholarship


In Flor da Infância Pre-School (EFI), ALG children get a very special extra support!
Thanks to the funding given by Engº João Talone and Dra Luz Torrico, ALG every year hands in Merit Scholarships in EFI. The Flowers Scholarship Program nominates the children with better school outcomes and behaviour as well as the most disadvantaged children. Flowers Scholarships 2018 were given to 28 children who received not only school items such as a dictionary and a school uniform, but also food items. How happy were our children!


A BIG THANK YOU TO Engº João Talone and Dra Luz Torrico for the help and trust in ALG. 







Wednesday, January 30, 2019

ALG Internal Financial Controls Policy - Check and Ready to Go!

In line with the Charity Commission’s guidance, the Trustees of A Little Gesture A Great Help (ALG) have approved the adoption of an Internal Financial Controls Policy in October 2018. 

This policy aims to assist the ALG Trustees in the evaluation of the charity’s performance against the legal requirements and good practice recommendations.

The implementation of this policy results in filling in a self-assessment checklist every time ALG’s performance is reviewed.

The ALG Trustees review the charity’s performance in depth at least once every year. The answers provided in this self-assessment checklist are based on the Trustees’ knowledge of what actually happens in the charity.

The ALG internal financial controls policy will be reviewed by ALG trustees annually and will be updated on as need basis, in line with the Charity Commission’s guidance.

Please contact the ALG Trustees for any further information and our annual checklist!


Sunday, January 27, 2019

A Great Little Fighter


Laura Cuna is a 13 years old HIV-positive girl, who attends ALG HIV Day Centre in Manjangue, Chokwé.  In 2018, Laura faced a very difficult period.

On the 12th of October Laura´s mum, Zaida Cuna, passed away. D. Zaida was HIV positive and for the last months was suffering of severe sickness episodes. Being already orphan from dad side, Laura became orphan from both parents. 

Laura and her siblings are now living with their grandma. After her mum passed away, Laura was deeply sad, and she was showing signs of frustration, anguish and depression. She stopped playing with the other children and started to isolate herself. 


The ALG Local Partner, Technician and Physiologist being aware of Laura´s fragility started to interfere to help Laura overcome this difficult period.


Everyone at the centre started to ensure that Laura would never be alone, and everyone tried to cheer her up. By the end of the year Laura started to show signs of improvements and now she already talks and plays with the other children, and even started to smile again. At this moment, Laura is preparing to start the 5th year at school. 


We are so proud of Laura and we cannot wait to see her smiling and shining this year!  








Thursday, January 24, 2019

Resilience

Today was the book launch of the amazing story of Nicholas Orsini. Side by side with his cousin Brett, they went through a big adventure crossing the Continental US by bike from Florida to California while raising money to the ALH research. In this book Nicholas not only describes all the challenges he found in the most various ways but also the friendships he made through his journey.
Resilience is an adventure that reflects the capacities and limits of men, their persistency and determination.
You can now  get your book ( here ), 15% of the profits are going towards our charity A Little Gesture A Great Help in support of over 2’000 children in Mozambique. 


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Our Christmas Campaign was a success!


Your donations contributed to a better education to the children in Mozambique! Thank you all !

Tuesday, January 15, 2019