The scholarship receipients from both years with Maria Mutola.
2009 appears to be a year of big challenges for “Mais Escola Para Mim” project. After only one year of implementation the project is making noticeable progresses in the community of Magude.
We received 20 more girls from the towns of Mahele (1), Panjane (1), Manjangua (1), Marrule (2), Motaze (5), Bobe (5), Nwambyana (3) and Mapulanguene (3) all of them in Magude. These girls were accommodated in the secondary school dormitories in Magude for a while.
During three months we were working hard to finish our dormitories. The Foundation finished the first house for Mais Escola pra Mim, a house that will accommodate 20 scholarship girls, providing them better living conditions, with more space and better conditions of hygiene and safety.
We can proudly say that the program is achieving positive results since the grades of the girls is above average, community involvement tends to improve, and the works are underway to complete the second house to receive 20 more girls. The Foundation has two local coordinators, one for each group of 20 girls and we have developed courses that help to lead the fellows to learn techniques for survival within their communities to ensure their rights.
The Foundation emphasizes that the year 2009 means more coverage for the program, involving diversity in the origin of the girls. The girls come from 8 locations now.
Furthermore, we recognize that we have faced several constraints to achieve the desired results. Due to the limited involvement of family members in the student life of girls, 3 fellows gave up the program and returned to their homes for lack of motivation.
It is also constraint the delay in delivery of the houses; it has created limitations in the quality of life of scholarship recipients and therefore affected their quality of life.
Milca, last year's top student, reads a poem with media present.
The completed house (left) and to be completed (right).