Going After A Dream




Tiago Parruque, Provincial Sponsorship Operations Coordinator

Tiago Parruque, Provincial Sponsorship
Operations Coordinator

Mozambique

July 29, 2013


Leadra
Jeremias Tivane stands out for being a success case in the Chaimite community
where she was born, lives and now works. She is 21 years old and completed ​​all the possible education in her community, where schools go from 1st
to 10th grade.
There are few cases in which a girl like Leandra survives in the education
system, especially in poor rural communities like hers.

Leadra
had a sponsor to whom she wrote twice. "The letters I received from my
sponsor were the first and the only ones that I received,” she says. “It was little
but very good. I keep the letters with me.” She participated in several
programs Save the Children implemented in two schools where she studied and has
been a Save the Children volunteer since 2007.

Being
a nurse is Leadra’s dream. Her strong desire to save lives drove her to that
choice.

IMG_1253“Being
nurse is a noble profession,” she told us. “Unfortunately, I have not graduated
as such. However, the dream is unfolding: I am now working at a dispensary in
Chaimte as a reproductive sexual heath councilor and an activist against HIV/AIDS,
urging people to volunteer for testing.

“While
a student, I took part in all the great activities carried out by Save the
Children in my school. I have always had a special curiosity about HIV/AIDS because
many of my schoolmates lost their fathers, mothers and siblings due to this
evil. The fact of it being something preventable led me into thinking that with
knowledge, I would help youngsters and adults alike participate in the process
of its prevention. We could bring down the mortality rate, as well as the
number of orphan children in my community.

“I
took part in various workshops on reproductive sexual health which lead me into
being an activist in the school, as well as in the community.”


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Leandra
has succeeded in convincing many people from her community to undergo voluntary
testing on their HIV/AIDS status. From this group, the focus is on mothers-to-be
so, after discovering their status, they have a chance to start a counseling
and treatment process to avoid the transmission of the disease to their child.

“I
am proud to be helping to save lives and teaching the communities how to improve
their standards of life,” she says. “All of this makes me feel pleased and so
willing to go further.”

 

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Culture Snapshot: Xingomana

Joao Sitoi Headshot Joao Sitoi, Sponsorship Manager

Maputo, Mozambique

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Save the Children has sponsorship programs in over twenty countries in five regions of the world! Our Culture Snapshot series highlights unique elements of local culture from each of the regions our sponsorship programs operate in. Check out the last post, "Culture Snapshot: Blind-Cat Game Played by Children in Egypt."

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Cultural dance is very popular in Mozambique. The most popular dance in the rural community of 3 de Fevereiro – “3rd of February” – is xingomana, which is performed by both children and adults.  Xingomana, accompanied by songs rich in meaning and context, has also become an important tool to communicate educational messages such as the dangers of early pregnancies and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS.



 Watch Mozambicans dancing throughout Nampula!

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Using Art Education and Therapy to Help Preschoolers in Mozambique Fight the Effects of HIV/AIDS: Part Two


Monica photo (2) Monica

Chizavanae Village, Gaza District, Mozambique

June 15, 2010

In
the rural areas of Mozambique where Save the Children works, almost all
children have been affected by the AIDS crisis, losing family members
and teachers to the disease.   

Save the Children, through funding from the Charles Engelhard Foundation and the 2007 Idol Gives Back
TV fundraising event, began piloting an innovative program using visual
arts to help give children a voice to their emotions about difficult
events in their every day lives in rural Mozambican preschools or
“escolinhas” in 2008.

As part of the “Healing and Education through Art” or HEART program, preschool teachers participated
in three training sessions. Monica, a
preschool teacher, shares her thoughts about how the training has helped improve her work with children:

“Through the training, I learned how to listen to what children say,
and how to ask questions about what they draw or paint. I learn a lot
from doing this.

For instance, one day this past March during art class, one of my
students, Jameson, decided to draw what he had done the previous
weekend.  He began to draw a cross and flowers, which led to a
discussion among his classmates.  I heard him tell the other children
that his mother had died that weekend and his drawing showed where he
had spent his Saturday.  While talking, Jameson added sand on his
drawing to make the shape of a grave.  And, then, one of his classmates
picked a flower to place on top of the grave as a memorial. 

My training also taught me that it is okay to allow children like
Jameson to express sad things in their life and it’s not always bad to
draw about sad things.”