Throughout the year ALG has welcomed a new staff member – please meet Ácio our Psychologist! Ácio is a young Mozambican who, after a month of volunteer work in our Santa Luisa Marillac school, joined the SLM HIV Day Centre in September for a period of 3 months. Ácio continued his exceptional work with the children at the HIV Day Centre – a centre that secures medical care, meals and follow up to school attendance & academics for HIV infected children.
Ácio organised not only group sessions with the 34 children at the
Day Centre, but also individual sessions aimed at the 4 children who
displayed a clinical framework than was frailer than average.
ALG has been witnessing the professional evolution of our Local
Technicians and the positive outcome of team work. Mano Orcídio,
our Local Technician for almost 4 years at SLM, and an ALG
University scholarship holder, welcomed Ácio. For Orcídio, who accumulates
several roles in what is ALG’s biggest single intervention programme – the SLM
school offers Sponsoring, School Feeding, HIV Centre, After Class Study
Support, and the ocasional build of family huts or other small infrastructure
... – Ácio’s extra help was a wonderful surprise! Here’s what Orcídio
said about his mate Ácio...
"To be honest on his first day in Manjangue I doubted his skills.
Thankfully, he was much better than I anticipated, he’s willing to
work, he has lots of creativity and self-esteem. Working with children
from a different community is not easy, but he’s able to deal with
everyone and, in fact, children love Mano Ácio. It is very rare
to find a young man with this type of behaviour. He puts into practice what he
learned at school, revealing that what really matters to him is knowledge
and not only having a diploma. Mano Orcídio Edú”
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