Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Together we have made a new home for Marcelino!

Marcelino’s house, sponsored by Virgínia and her friends, is already in the final stage. Only the windows and the lock on the door are missing. 

Marcelino’s life became even more complicated after his parents death. With no birth certificate or records he was taken to Maputo. When he returned in 2014 his house was in ruins and he was welcomed by a neighbour who although living in underprivileged conditions was not indifferent to Marcelino’s problem.  
Due to the lack of identification documents, last year we could not enrol Marcelino in school. ALG is hoping to solve this situation next year to fulfil Marcelino’s dream – to go back to school as he told our Local Technician and Partner.
This hut gave Marcelino more than a roof over his head. With the support received to rehabilitate his home the right to Food and Housing, as per the Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Child, is fulfilled. A dignified place to shelter children promotes their psycho-social development, and feelings of protection, comfort and security.

Friday, July 17, 2015

It’s never too late to learn!

Despite her advanced age, Grandma Belinha does not let herself to be overcome by difficulties and 3 days a week she attends the first year of the Literacy course in Banhine. Although she has more difficulties with the Portuguese language, she’s one of the top 3 best students at Math’s class!

The ALG Literacy courses aim to help women like Grandma Belinha to learn how to read and write, so they can help their children studying. Learning to write their names, read in Portuguese or learn how to add and subtract numbers, allowed these women to closely monitor their children and grandchildren and also helped them to improve their family business wich they are mostly the main driving.

At a cost of £20 ALG pays a hole year of a Literacy course to 1 of 117 young mothers or grandmothers who inspire us with their willpower and dedication, like Grandma Belinha.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Have you met Aurélio?

Aurélio is 3 years old and he is one of our 32 children attending the SLM HIV Day Centre. Since he’s still not in school, Aurélio spends his days at the Day Centre doing what he knows best – being a child.
At 7h he and other children arrive at the Centre, where they are welcomed by Sister Sidónia. While he waits for breakfast time, after taking his medication, Aurélio plays in the Centre’s playground with the other children; they love the swings! After eating it is time for some activities and crafts, while they all take their daily shower in turns. At 12h they have lunch: chicken with rice, or rice with beans, chima, pasta and sausage, always with fresh greens from the Day Care Centre farming plot. After lunch it is time to rest to charge up their batteries. In the afternoon, Aurélio and the other Day Care children play a bit more and the ones attending school use this time to do their homework, always relying on the help of Sister Sidónia or Atija. There have storytelling, instrument’s playing, drawing and puzzles. During snack time they all have bread, yogurt, baby food or cakes baked by the technical courses’ students, then they resume their activities. After dinner Aurélio and the other Day Care children return home, to their families, and prepare to come back the next day.
At the SLM HIV Day Care Centre, every child is special and all of them receive the care and love they need to grow in a happy and dignified environment.
All of this at a daily cost of only !

Thursday, July 2, 2015

THANK YOU St Nicholas Prep School!

On the 26th of June, the school community of St Nicholas Prep School in London held their annual International Day and invited
ALG to be present. And what a fantastic celebration! The school had already received us for two lovely Assemblies the previous
week. And now a mix of bar receipts and donations on behalf of ALG gathered £522 to fund our pre-schools in Mozambique.
We cannot wait to keep you posted on the progress of our projects - and we hope St Nicholas Prep School continues to join our
efforts to break child poverty in Mozambique!

The ALG Pre-Schools offer 160 children, aged 3-5 and very poor, the chance of a better future. You support to the ALG pre-schools in Mozambique
– EFI and ESC – breaks the cycle of poverty from early childhood. A teacher per class, pencils and books, games and sing-alongs to trach them Portuguese and the importance of schooling. Very poor children receive daily breakfast like bread, milk or tea and lunch with rice, beans, sausage, tuna and sometimes chicken.

From £6/month per child, each little one gets the basis of a future education, basic nutrition and the love to grow up happy.

Your Little Gestures take poor children from the streets