Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Picture 1: The truck arrives at the school at 06:00 in the morning. Teachers are ready to offload. Wish you could see their faces when the brand new desks arrived.
Picture 2: The teacher proudly received and tested the new school desks. The people that helped us to obtain these desks fulfilled a 12 year dream that we had at our bush school. A legacy has been left by those who cared enough to give!Picture 3: And then the kids! Wish you were there to here the screams (and I mean screams) of joy and laughter. I quietly had a tear or two. The appreciation and utmost thankfulness for this gift was overwhelming. The first kids who arrived at school shouted so loud that I though something terrible happened. I had to shout with them when I realized it was because they saw the new desks in their classes. A blessing - a great Christmas gift - straight from the heart of God. It showed again - if you pray and you have a dream - God will answer - using great people to do so.
Bless you all from a cheering, happy and joyous bush school!!!
Monday, February 25, 2008
We decided to start an Art School within our Bush school. It was an instant hit and success. The girls are learning cross stitching and the boys are busy making wire toys to sell. With these newly learned crafts we also incorporate entrepreneurial skill so they could possibly make a living out of what they are learning. Here are some of those moments captured:
Girls concentrating hard on learning cross stitching. Alta and Eunice are responsible for teaching the girls their new craft.
Boys working from a detailed sketched page to start their design.
The bicycle are slowly but surely taking shape.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
From this dead old worthless building ..... slowly but surely transforming it for another more than 200 kids that will use this. Watch this space as we show you the final product.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Meet Mateus. He is 20 years of age and I met him the first time in 1999 when I taught English and Bible Education to a rural community. He was sitting in the corner listening carefully to every word. When it was time to write exams he politely asked if he could do a verbal exam. And he passed them with flying colours every time. When I started a Bible School in the area he attented again. Same procedure - he passed the Bible School without a problem. He is a brilliant scholar. The friendliest kid I have ever met - polite, well mannered and blind.
The mission decided to help Mateus so he could attend a School for the Blind in Beira. They helped him to read and write braille (Portugeuse). He finished his course and is attending a normal school to live out one of his dreams - to complete school. Mateus visits us often on the base - easily walking 30 km by himself and his walking stick to keep us updated on his progress. Please pray for Mateus and help us to support him and others like him.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Kids lining up to welcome the new Governor of our Province. Laughter and songs filled the air as they waited in anticipation.
The governor had a whole entourage of people following him. I stopped counting at 70 people - with the police force, tribal leaders, nurses, education delegates, agricultural ghurus and who knows what more. They came in force - overloading vehicles as they moved from one area to the next.
Before he could arrive the police force had to set a security perimeter. Roger 10-4 all is safe bring in the big brass!Wait, wait - not yet - gotto get the TV crew ready first! Testing ..... 3 - 2 -1 Action!
And then our Governor arrived. He recieved a Bible from the mission and an introduction into all our ministries and areas of influence in Mucombeze, Mozambique. A pleasant and wise man that carries a lot of weight on his soldiers. The mission, as it is custom in Mozambique, gave many gifts to our newly allected Governor. He recieved not just a Study Bible but also a bull (yes the one with the 4 legs and 2 horns - with an attitude) and 5 litchie trees (very sought after in Mozambique). A great day with a great man! We all had fun!
Monday, February 11, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
- Mozambique United States
Population 9.4 million 295.4 million
Land Mass 302,739 sq. miles 3,537,439 sq. miles
Life Expectancy 42 years 78 years
Infant Mortality Rate (per 1,000) 104 7
Literacy Rate 46% 97%
- Primary School Enrollment 60% 92%
Access to Safe Water 42% 100%
Average Annual Income (GNI per capita) $250 $41,400
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
And offcourse toys are very rare in the bush. If you can't find any - use live ones. This kid got some kind of bug to use as his pet. Why? Well he said later that it makes a weird noise and if you put in someones clothing it tickles in a nice way! But - he exclaimed - girls don't like them very much.
Monday, February 04, 2008
Mozambiquean children don't need to be motived to come to school - they love it and see it as a great oppurtunity and honour to attend school.
A few words of encouragement from Francois and Joao Benjamin just before the national anthem are being sung.
Our bushschool is 11 years old this year. It was started by Francois and Alta Rauch in 1997. It has seen many changes - from starting under trees, to tents to a grass roof school to what it is today - a beautiful painted building with classrooms and a safe zink roof.
Children recieving their first books for the year. School is free on the mission so parents would not have to worry about educating their kids. In our area there are no or little schools available and thus education is rare. The Education Department in Mozambique sees us as an educational institution and therefore we recieve textbooks for free. We still have huge shortages though.
Stationary is provided by the mission and sponsors like you who makes this possible.
Our parents form an integral part of what we try to achieve with their kids.
Here Francois is explaining to parents their role and partnership with the mission to help their children.
It is also a time to answer many questions and some of those were:
- Crossing rivers with crocodiles and snakes in it;
- witchdoctors that snatches children on their way to school;
- please discipline our children and will you constantly teach them respecting elders, themselves and others.
Meet our teachers for this year:
* Paulo Inacio - grade 1 and 5
* Tito Mabuleza - grade 3 and sport
* Joao Feniassi - grade 2 and 4
* Simon Nicolau - pre-school and our
and English teacher