The older kids holding up Alzira and Santos to celebrate their graduation!
On Saturday two kids from the orphanage graduated from IMAP Teachers Training College. It is the best feeling in the world to participate in something like this - kids from an orphanage becoming professionals!The graduation was held in the Nampula Sports Arena. Everyone graduating is now a teacher and will be placed in different schools throughout Northern Mozambique.Santos Walking in the Halls of IMAP.
Alzira's last day on the college grounds. Behind the camera is her papaya tree. At IMAP every student is given pretty serious chores including working in a machamba, another one of my favorite Portuguese words, meaning small plot of farm. Alzira says she's going to miss the little papaya tree she was responsible for.
Santos and Alzira being greated by the kids as they return to the exact spot they left one year ago. Everyone remembered how Alzira had cried when she left the orphanage and jokingly asked her if she would cry again. All the little ones kept saying, "Mana Profesora!" ("Sister Teacher") in admiration for her.
Graduation day ended with a big celebration dinner at Hotel Milenio. We took some of the older kids and staff and for most this is the first time they have ever been to a restaurant. As you can see, we had a huge feast that will probably be talked about for forever. This was a GREAT day.