Monday, August 3, 2009

Summer 2009 visit

In June Jennifer Nolte and I took off for Africa on a 14 hour flight to South Africa. Shortly after that we hopped on another plane for a short flight to
Mozambique and were met by my daughter Erin Mitchell, Simon Mudiwa and several others. We began our three week adventure. Jen and I are both teachers so we were very interested in being a part of the newly formed school on the orphanage property. We spent lots of hours participating in the workings of the school.....getting to know the children and new teachers, working alongside the teachers, teaching lessons and sharing the school materials we brought with us.
CFO-MOZ was able to help start a school on the premises in February of this year. The need for the school was overwhelming because of the dismal conditions of the public school system. The 3 year olds to the 8 year olds are the ones benefitting the most from the new school with a teacher full time each day. The older students get small group tutoring from another full time teacher when they are not in public school (which is only 3 hours a day).

Erin Mitchell and "her kids"
The children are thriving with their new teachers and their much improved school environment. We watched with excitement when we saw how much they are learning and how enthusiastic they were.

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