Friday, April 17, 2015

Lourenço S., and why we are so proud of our ALG children!

Lourenço Luís Sitoe is a 19 year old young man, who lives in Chókwè. Growing up he was part of the Sponsoring programme ran by our sister charity UPG Portugal. He had lived all by himself since he was only 6 years of age in a hut without proper living conditions. The only support he received came from our organisation and from the Vicentine Sisters.

Lourenço with Anabela N., head of Sponsoring UPG Portugal
In 2013 he gave up studying, and in 2014 he got a job in a store (PEP). Because he wanted to go back to school and the schedules were not compatible the Sisters found him a job at the Carmelo Hospital, ran by the Daughters of Charity Vincentian Sisters. Now he works from 07:00h to 15h30. It takes him around 3h to walk to and from the Hospital, and he earns 500 Meticais a month.
After a long working day, Lourenço goes to school at 18h (he’s currently in the 10th grade), and he gets home around 00h00.

In 2014 ALG financed the construction of a new home for Lourenço. During the latest visit to the families on the 13th of April UPG Portugal volunteers were surprised … the house “disappeared”! Through his hard work, Lourenço managed to save some money and rebuilt the house in a higher place. Previously the house was located in a ditch and got flooded every time it rained.

Now Lourenço keeps on saving to be able to build the floor and apply windows. He dreams about being a nurse and continues working at the Hospital which has welcomed him in the past year.

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