Monday, October 25, 2010

A container we’ve had here for years has finally been removed. We were thrilled to find someone who would take it for free and that person was thrilled to get a free container – a win win for everyone.

There is an audience for (the duration of) absolutely everything.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Heat

Yohani relaxing in the evening.

It's gotten to be way over 100˚ in our little house recently and it's not even the hottest month here yet . . . please just imagine.

Friday, October 15, 2010

How The Kids Get New Clothes

A lot of people have asked how we get clothes for all the kids.

A few days ago we went to a warehouse and bought several gigantic bundles of clothing. The clothing comes from the U.S. and is used but it great condition and is sorted into bundles (adult t-shirts, children’s t-shirts, adult pants, children’s pants, etc.). We are not sure if they are supposed to be selling these donated clothes, but normally street vendors buy them and sell them absolutely everywhere. (I don’t think you can take a trip to town without someone coming up to you and trying to sell you a pair of pants.)

We gathered all the kids on the porch of the boys’ dorm and told them to bring all their clothes.

Then we opened the bundles, read all the t-shirts, discarded the ones with bad words, and sorted the rest on the porch railing.

After that Victor called each kid up and inspected his or her clothes and then confiscated the ones that were too dirty and torn up to ever be worn again. Then TJ confiscated all the boys clothes that are supposed to be girls clothes. (This actually started several weeks ago when I (jokingly) told TJ not to let little Canito continue wearing these blue floral leggings. The next thing I knew, Canito came to me looking like he was about to cry and asked me why I did not want him to have any pants. TJ thought it was very funny. But at least now they are Ofeita’s pants and look a million times better on her.)

TJ didn't think Rock should have this "Don't Make Me Pout" sweatshirt.

Some of the kids’ clothes were ridiculously dirty and torn up (from playing really hard) but when Carlitos presented his clothes Victor was so impressed that he quieted everyone down and then declared that Carlitos would receive an egg for having the best smelling clothes. I thought this was really funny.

After the clothes inspection each kid was sent to the right pile to pick a certain number of shirts and a certain number of pants.

At the end everyone was very happy.

Jeremias in his new outfit.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A few nights ago I noticed the two kids who probably need the most supervision engaged in a gigantic wrestle with each other. I did not get bored watching the wrestle turn into a chase and then some kind of game which TJ guessed must be "Macua Hostage Crisis."
Mena looks on as Isaque Pequeno captures Jose.
Somehow the rubber glove and plastic bottle keep Jose in the chair.
Then another chase breaks out. This time Jose is the chaser and Isaque Pequeno is the one running away.
Mena watches as Jose ties up Isaque Pequeno and puts the rubber glove on him.
Finally Isaque Pequeno is the one who is captured by Jose and Mena's interest moves elsewhere.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Another Day . . .

Waking up.
Playing with Uncle Miqueias.
Working with Daddy on the construction site.
Watching the boys play soccer.
Their soccer jerseys are awesome. Look how they're holding up OCC team!
Some guys hanging out on some rocks. Back: Martinho, Mauricio, Celso, Marino, Francisco, Merecido, Riquito, Canito, TJ, Dionisio, Little Victor, Front: Isaty, Samito, Salmon, Jordao, VoVo, and Jose.
Minoca, Anabela, Clara, and Gizela.
Joaquim, Lazaro, and Mutilima.
Girls playing this fun game that all the girls play here and that boys are not allowed to play (unless they're visitors from other countries who are trying to experience all the games and don't know what all the boys from here think about them playing this one).
Isaty showing TJ his homework. For some reason a whole crowd was needed to explain what Isaty had learned in school today.

Note: You may notice that I am suddenly calling Isaty "Isaty" instead if "Isaque." Well . . . to make a long story short . . . Mozambique is a country where the female literacy rate is 32.7% (CIA World Fact Book). It is probably difficult for anyone reading this blog to truly "get" the implications of this and how much it affects the entire society. But basically spelling is not necessarily set in stone and to say that it's not given the same importance as it's given in the U.S. would be a massive understatement. These past few weeks we've been getting ID cards for all the kids and have been tracking down birth certificates that are revealing some spellings different from what we have in our records. So if you notice any changes in the spelling of names here in the future, this is why.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Yohani's First Sunday School

Sunday School.

Our little church is about a kilometer from the orfanato and is made out of mud. Victor started it inside the orphanage before I came and then moved it into the bairro so that people in our area can come more easily. What the church lacks in physical size it makes up for in spirit and number of people packed into it (almost unbearable at times but always happy)! Every service is in Portuguese and Macua and sometimes only in Macua. The first Sunday I got back I announced to the church that I would start learning Macua now, which made everyone laugh. Our little church is really like a family and a very comfortable place to be.