Thursday, June 27, 2013

A Little One - Rui's story in The Little School of S. Catarina

Rui de Jesus Muianga is 4 years old and lives with his uncle as his mother abandoned him when little and his father left to work in Maputo. 
He is a poignant example of why ALG invests in pre-schools such as ESC and EFI in Mozambique. 

Before Rui came into ESC - Escolinha de Santa Catarina he suffered from severe anaemia and had several crisis falling often into medical care. Today he has "mata-bicho" (the local breakfast) in the school, usually milk or tea and half a bread with jam, followed by a daily lunch. 

While his family support network is almost non-existing, in one of the ALG pre-schools he has two meals a day guaranteed. Importantly, Rui also enjoys support, care and supervision from an adult. He walks to school alone, but he never skips a day!

This month, each of us can help children like Rui. Our pre-schools receive 170 children aged 3-5 years old and cost ALG from £6'000 per year each, including two daily meals per child, teachers and school materials. 

With £65 one child like Rui can have a better future.

Donate Now and make a difference in the life of these Little Ones! 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Little Ones that warm your heart at EFI school!

"Over the last two weeks, I saw awaken in me a life form I knew nothing of.  Now I understand the meaning of words like "it is impossible to describe..." from all the testimonials I read before I came here. Joy and sadness, sadness as it all passes so quickly and there is so little I can do... but joy from knowing the little gestures I make are received with the greatest gratitude and are immensely useful.
The children, the ones we deal more with, are so sweet and really appreciative of our simple presence. They teach us that capacity too. I feel like the learning is mutual and that the bonds we create are getting stronger each day. The way I was received with open arms in this land was incredible!! I hope I can continue to give them as much as they the have given me already."

Mana Sara A., volunteer in the Escolinha Flor da Infância with our Portuguese sister-charity UPG Portugal

June is the Month of the Little Ones at ALG!

Pre-school education is the first step of basic education for children from 2-3 years old. Pre-school education looks to fully develop the child in a stimulating environment, in setting that is welcoming and encouraging of learning capabilities.

We support 125 children in two pre-schools in Mozambique, Escolinha Flor da Infancia ("EFI") and Escolinha Sta Catarina ("ESC"). With only €76 per year we can provide each child with breakfast, lunch, teachers and school materials.

Donate Now and make a difference in the life of these Little Ones!