Officially at the beginning of April 2018, 50 of the most vulnerable children began coming to the Chigodole Care Point in Mozambique daily, where they now receive a hot and nutritious meal from 18 Care Workers who are committed to caring for their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. However, the care preceded this date when the Care Workers, together with the Hands at Work local office team in Chimoio, were able to help many of the children start school in January, marking the beginning of a new school year.
"After orientation I had the privilege of going to Mozambique. The best part for me was to visit the community that my church in Germany is supporting through our partnership with Hands at Work. Since I arrived in Mozambique, I wanted to visit Chigodole Community, which started feeding the most vulnerable children at the beginning of February. When I went the first time, I fell in love with this community. They are caring for 50 children but there are many children in need of care. There are big needs and many of the children do not have proper clothing. It is a tough place but to see the faces of the children and the light in their eyes when they play and sing is amazing. It teaches me about how I want to live. No matter how hard, tough and hopeless the situation is, these children do not stop laughing.”
Vicky Volker, International Volunteer (Germany), reflects on the past month that she has been in Mozambique.
“While I was in Mozambique, I had the opportunity to be a part of the expansion into our new community, Chigodole. One of the boys that I met, Patrick*, comes from a family with six siblings. His mother lives with them but she has a mental disability. He has two older brothers who are out looking for work to help support the family. One of the younger boys was wearing a skirt because the family had no other clothes. I pushed to visit his home because I saw the wound on his hand which had lots of bugs and dirt in it. I helped to clean the wound and show his mother the easiest way to keep it clean. It was unbelievably tragic because even after he had been cleaned up, the clothes that he was wearing were soiled and dirty.”
Jackie Okinda (African Volunteer, #Kenya) reflects on a home that she visited while she was in Mozambique for three months, encouraging and supporting the Hands at Work local office team in Chimoio.
Patrick is 1 of 53 children attending the Chigodole Care Point where he receives a hot and nutritious meal daily. Since he started coming to the Care Point, he received a new set of clothes. Pray for a continued transformation in his life as he is loved and cared for by the local volunteer Care Workers.