Children of Mozambique
Our first stop of our around the world trip was Mozambique, Africa. Melanie spent there 6 months in 2011, volunteering at a daycare centre for aids orphans and neglected children in Massaca and Namaacha. Therefore it was somehow obvious, that we would go there. Before we left for our trip we collected soccer balls, school material, games and clothes and brought two suitcases to the village. If you want to support or read more about the daycare centre in Massaca, visit our Facebook group.
For me, it was an honour to visit these children, even more, because I was able to take my camera with me. The kids loved working together with me. I appreciate a lot that I had the opportunity to spend some hours with these children. I was warmly welcomed, not as a stranger, rather as a friend. When we left, I had the feeling I was a part of a big family. The kids and the workers at the centre hugged us, kissed our cheeks and waved us goodbye. "Até a próxima." - Until next time. Although I cannot speak much Portuguese, it was so much fun to play and practise English with them. I was stunned by their happiness. These kids live in very poor conditions. Lots of them have lost at least one part of their parents, if not both. Sometimes they only stay with a grandmother who takes care of them. To our terms, they have nothing to be happy about. An unknown future, no food, almost no clothing or any other belongings, a shed rather than a house, but still they are happy. We can actually learn a lot from them.
This experience taught me a lot. And I can't wait until the day when I see these kids again. I wish them all the best in their future. For now, let me share some of my favourite moments with you.