Greetings from Mozambique!

Let's see how things are going for Oasis in Mozambique during the Covid-19 pandemic:

"We are bracing for difficult times ahead," said Armando Licoze, Oasis Mozambique's Country Director.  Oasis Mozambique are adjusting their plans and thinking how to work differently during these challenging times.  

What can you see on the flag?

Why do you think those things are there?

Can you draw or paint a Mozambican flag?

Oasis Mozambique are helping local clinics by visiting high risk areas in the community, to ensure they have what they need to stay safe.   

So far they have distributed masks, gloves, sanitisers, soap and buckets with taps to local clinics covering over 1,000 patients for the month of April.  They have also been asked by the Minister of Health to help by spraying cars as they enter Beira, to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus from those travelling to Beira from outside the city.

Armando says: "We keep ourselves calm using the trauma informed breathing techniques we learnt from Oasis Zimbabwe following Cyclone Idai and by trying to have some fun."

If you ever feel anxious and want some help to calm down, you can find some great ideas by clicking here. If you are feeling worried, play this relaxing game by clicking here. You will find lots of other games, videos, and art activities on that website too.

So, what do you know about Mozambique? Let's find out where it is, it is shown in red on the continent of Africa here:

The capital city is right on the bottom (southern) end of the red part, it is called Maputo.

Since 1990, Mozambique has been re-building its schools because lots of them were destroyed during a long war. During the war lots of children had to stay at home and did not go to school. There were no computers or mobile phones then so people could not do much learning at home. Today they love to be able to go to school to learn to read and write in Portuguese and to do Maths. Here is a picture of a Mozambican classroom:

What can you see that is the same as our school? What can you see that is different?

If you would like to learn some words in Portuguese, watch this cartoon.

If you would like to make some Mozambican food, for a delicious and easy meal try this recipe:

Fry a chopped onion with 2 cloves of chopped garlic in a little oil. Add 3 chopped tomatoes or a tin of tomatoes, a stick of cinnamon, 2 tins of kidney beans and half a can of coconut milk. Simmer for half an hour stirring occasionally until the sauce has thickened, gradually add more coconut milk if it is getting too dry. Serve with rice. Delicious!



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