On Tuesday, 5 officials representing the Departments of Health, Social Services, Administration, Justice, and Public Works (building inspectors) walked from house to house, visiting our families and seeing first-hand what our program is all about. They were very happy to know that our children are be given a good education complete with proper school books that your Love Gifts provided, as well as having top notch care by our foster mothers.
Our 4 babies impressed them all with their recovery from a malnourished state. We were blessed by their visit, as it was great to get to know these people, and show them all we do to help the orphans and abandoned children of Balama.
SURPRISE! GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS ONE OF OUR ORPHANS TO PROFESSIONAL TRAINING SCHOOL
Fatima Jorge, 15, in the 8th grade, received a full scholarship to one of the finest professional training schools in Chimoio, Mozambique.
Equal to a student going to a Jr. College while still in high school.
We were all taken by surprise at noon today when we got the call. It means a whirlwind of activity for Capena and I as he must organize many documents this week so Fatima is eligible to leave by next weekend.
Fatima gets to choose her study courses, so we will have to “fill you in” once she arrives and gets settled in.
This is a truly wonderful opportunity for this VERY INTELLIGENT young lady. It is a 2 or 3 year school depending on what major she chooses.
God is moving! Fatima will be missed, but we plan to organize her a cell phone so she can call home. Since she will know NO ONE at the school, we want her to be able to call us when she needs to hear a familiar voice.
The only cost is her transport, and we plan for Pastor Fred to escort her by bus on this 2 day journey to the school.
Balama is her home, and we expect to have her return to us during the major holidays.
HOUSE CONSTRUCTION MOVING ALONG WELL
THE BRICK WALLS ARE UP AND THE OUTSIDE CEMENT FINISH IS BEING APPLIED THIS WEEK.
The roof extension will be added next week, as we took this opportunity to expand this house by adding a 4 meter (12 foot) wide bedroom.
Still have to mount the doors and windows, as well as build a kitchen and new “outhouse” (longdrop) and bathing area, but know we hope to have it all finished well before the end of April. This house will serve each of our families as a “temporary” residences while we renovate each home that needs a MAKE OVER.
ALL 5 HOUSES WE PLAN TO BUILD THIS YEAR HAVE BEEN SPONSORED, AND FOR THAT WE ARE TRULY GRATEFUL!