Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Education in a little village in Northern Mozambique

It’s a small, small world. In the past couple of weeks, friends have connected me with several people from all over the world who happen to be working in Mozambique or with Mozambique. That’s how I found out about a community choir (the Gettin’ Higher Choir) in Victoria, British Columbia, that supports programs in southern Africa, including the Kapasseni Project in Mozambique.

Shortly after I was having a Skype chat with Shivon Robinsong, co-director of the choir. She told me about the Kapasseni Project, an inspiring grass-roots project started by a Mozambican couple, Joseph and Perpetua Alfazema, who had come to Canada as refugees and returned to help build schools and clinics in their hometowns.

Luckily, we have the opportunity to re-live the beginning of the project, from building the first school to the amazing progress achieved a few years later.

In the first film, we see when Joseph, Perpetua and Shivon visit Kapasseni for the first time:

The second documentary was filmed 12 years later and shows all what had been achieved during that time.

The first generation from that initial Kapasseni school is about to finish high school. About 25 young men and women who would like to continue studying. The challenge now is to see how to take that next step.

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