Secondary School for Mozambican Girls

Feb 6, 2008

Scholarship Recipient Selection!

Essay Writing in Motaze
Essay Writing in Motaze

We have made significant strides in getting the Mais Escola para Mim up and running. In the past two weeks, we awarded 20 girls scholarships to attend the 8, 9, and 10 grades at a ceremony with their parents. A week prior, we traveled to Motaze, Bobe, Facazissa, and Ungubana, rural settlings with poor roads as far as 50km away from Magude, several times during the week to distribute scholarship applications, interview applicants, and interview women to lead the girls. We also successfully found and hired a dynamic and passionate woman serve as the activities coordinator and social worker for the girls. She is a member of the civil society organization MACALELO, taking care of a group of orphans during the daytime. This week we also organized and set up a large house we have rented for the girls to live, study, and play in. The activities coordinator and another woman are living with and taking care of the girls, serving as proxy mothers, counselors, leaders, and role models.

I have attached several pictures we took these last two weeks that show the interview process, the awards ceremony, and a bit about life in Magude. In the first picture, Gabriel administers the essay writing portion of the application to a group of girls in Motaze. The second and third pictures are group photos of the scholarship recipients, with their certificates at the Inauguration Ceremony and in front of the Secondary School of Magude.

In our selection process, we focused on finding girls who were both facing the most financial hardship, but who were also most likely to make the 3-year commitment to succeeding in and finishing school. Below are the names and ages of our 20 scholarship recipients. Recipients ages vary between 12 and 16, because it is common for girls to begin school late in Mozambique, or to have been held back early in primary school. Motaze Zaida Alberto Tembe, 15 Magda Augusto Mbendzene, 14 Marquina Tarciso Mbalate, 15 Cremilda Milagre Matcheque, 14 Ginoca Armando Nguenha, 14 Marcia Zefanias Mbenzene, 13 Luisa Carlos Zuana, 14

Bobe Cristeza Armando Telmo, 16 Carla Joel Ribisse, 14 Valda Rogue Sambo, 15 Evelina Domingo Timane, 13 Hortencia Paulo Manjate, 16 Lucia Jorge Macuacua, 13

Ungubana Ester Pedro Ubisse, 14 Ana Francisco Macuacua, 16 Alegria Paula Cossa, 15 Artemiza Souza Cossa, 15

Facazissa Carolina Ananias Monjane, 13 Milca Alfredo Balane, 12 Marcelia Salomae Chemo, 15

At the Inauguration ceremony, the girls and their parents were excited about the program, bursting out into song several times after hearing specific details of the program. On behalf of the Foundation, I’d like to thank everyone who has supported the program thus far. It has been immensely rewarding work, and I look forward to sending more updates on the girls as they get into the rhythm of their classes in secondary school and begin their after-school leadership, sports, and culture programs.

Proudly Holding their Certificates
Proudly Holding their Certificates
Scholarship Winners in front of Their New School
Scholarship Winners in front of Their New School
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Maria Mutola

Maputo, Maputo Mozambique

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Map of Secondary School for Mozambican Girls