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.