The main orphanage that CFO-MOZ is involved with was started back in 1997. A large piece of property was acquired and 13 orphans were taken in to be cared for. Simon and Charity Mudiwa were the founders through the help of an organization based out of the United States. Simon was born and raised across the border in Zimbabwe and speaks both English and Shona (the language also spoken in the area of Mozambique where the orphanage is). Originally an old Portuguese house was used to house everyone. There was no running water or electricity available at that time. They have since built more traditional rondavals (round houses) because the government forced them to give up the part of the property where the original house was situated. The property and buildings have been steadily improved to the best of their ability and financial means. Teams from the U.S. have come at various times to help with this. Now, both running water (cold) and electricity are available to the property, although sporadic at times. The staff and children have worked to grow their own food through gardening and raising animals. Currently there are nearly 50 children ranging in age from 3 to 19 years.
The orphanage is located near one of the main roads running east/west between the western border of Zimbabwe and the port of Beira on the Indian Ocean. This is a main thoroughfare used by truckers from landlocked Zimbabwe next door.
The children at this time attend public school for approximately 3 hours a day. They eat three meals a day although they are not nearly as nutritional as our meals. The main staple is corn (maize) which can be ground up like flour and made into porridge for dinner or something thicker for lunch and/or dinner (known as sudza). They supplement this with vegetables and some chicken or fish when possible. There is a staff of around 12 men and women. Some of the staff deal directly with the children and some have duties that center more on the growing of food and the maintenance of the property. They teach others to sew, make school uniforms and other clothing and sell garments when possible to those in the community. The staff also does cooking, tutoring, taking children to doctor's appointments and more. Life there looks more like a family and less like an institution. Around the clock involvement and love are blatantly evident.
Simon, the director of the orphanage, has made it his goal to make the orphanage self sufficient. He has instituted several projects which accomplish several objectives. First, the projects provide an additional source of food for the children and staff. Nutrition and a proper diet are critical for the children. Second, the children work the projects which teach them responsibility, helps develop a proper work ethic, and provides them with an opportunity to learn various skills. To date the projects at the orphanage include raising chickens, the development of extensive gardens, and a grinding mill.
In addition to the work projects there has been a continual effort to develop the school. Currently the school now includes a large preschool, first grade, and second grade. As finances permit there are plans to add additional classes!
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