30 April 2013

Next, the Swedes!

A day after the Canadians were delivered to Chimoio we were flying back up to Moz again with a team from Sweden who were looking at getting involved with the work Mercy Air does in the Delta and with ASAM.

We first went to Marromeu where we stayed at the Mercy Air container base.

From there we flew into the Delta, a journey which used to take YWAM three days in an open canoe but now takes 20 mins in the helicopter

We took teachers and translators..
...who continued with the educational programe that YWAM and Mercy Air have developed.
Using various games and activities basic numeracy and literacy are taught.
People from five villages walked for up to 10 km to attend the classes.

We're not sure this guy's Brazilian football shirt is totally representative of an actual player!
After two nights in Marromeu we then flew through some weather and on to ASAM in Chimoio.
We visited a hospital that ASAM work with. The tour included the maternity ward its birthing tables...
and an interesting incubator...
...which amounted to a three bar electric fire bolted to the wall in front of table covered in a blanket and an assortment of electrical sockets.

There was also the hospital kitchen...
At ASAM they visited all the projects that they have developed over the years (education, clinic, agricultural etc) as well as the new airstrip and hangar that we should be able to use very soon.
 Our friends at ASAM have adopted a Duiker who freely wanders in and out of their house.
 After a hectic few days in Moz all that was then left to do was take a quick team photo...
...before flying down the coast on our way back to South Africa.
So, we hope that the reports that go back to Sweden about the work we are doing in Mozambique will release some funding that will enable us to be even more effective.
Thank you.

Mercy Air team

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