Muodjo

 
The main building of the orphanage.

The main building of the orphanage.

One of the things we do, while staying here in Mozambique, is working at an orphanage a little outside of town. We go there two days a week. At the orphanage we teach music and English and in general just play with the kids. The children and the people working there are very nice and we have a lot of fun together, dancing, singing or just drinking tea together and talking.

It is not really an orphanage, but the kids stay there all day and get several meals a day there. Cultural Association Muodjo is a preschool for children between 2 and 6 years, founded by former street child Osvaldo Jose Lourenco. Many of the children have lost their parents, and stay with host families in the surrounding area. At the orphanage, the kids receive basic education, mostly through international volunteers. From 6 years of age, the children will get their education elsewhere, but the orphanage will help with the necessary funding.

The journey to and from the orphanage is also very eventful. To get there, we have to take the bus for an hour. In Mozambique, the bus is never full. There is always room for one more, even if this means you will have to hang out through the door. We meet many interesting people on these trips. It is also on these trips that our worst experiences has happened. We have seen phones stolen through the window, been death threatened and been in a car accident. The worst experience happened today, when we saw a woman being dragged by her arms next to the road. Luckily, Osvaldo was there to stop it from getting out of hand. I’m glad to say that this drama is rather the exception and that we have never felt us threatened.

The best thing about working at the orphanage is that  it lets us experience a different side of Mozambique, than what we get in the city.

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Every day the children have to say thanks for something they are grateful for. This can be everything from book and pencils to all of Africa.

Every day the children have to say thanks for something they are grateful for. This can be everything from book and pencils to all of Africa.

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The children love dancing, and it is an everyday activity.

The kitchen where .... makes the food.

The kitchen.

Liv teaching the 5 year olds English.

Liv teaching the 5 year olds English.

Hannah
Hannah

This 19 year old from Nøtterøy has packed her zero-sette (accordion) and looks forward to an exciting year in Mozambique. With lots of experience in the marching band and choir and an urge to see the world she appreciates the opportunity to combine travel with music. She has a diverse musical background: as the prostitute in the musical Les Miserable and as the winner of the norwegian championship in marching. Hannah is afraid that the beach life in Mozambique can cause a serious sunburn, but besides that she has only positive feelings about the stay.

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