Fiona is from central Scotland and went to Brazil as a BMS volunteer in 2006. She trained as a long-term worker in 2007/08 and then completed language training in Portugal before going to work with the Evangelical Baptist Church of Angola in 2009. Fiona spent two years working in Angola passing on project management skills.
Fiona moved to Mozambique in the summer of 2012 to be a part of a growing BMS team working with the Baptist Convention of Mozambique.
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Suddenly I find myself with only 4 weeks left in Mozambique. When I communicated my decision to return to the UK at the end of this term of service, with 8 months to go, it seemed like a lifetime away.
It was definitely one of the hardest decisions that I've ever made and had to communicate to those closest to me here. However, as I enter the beginning of the 'lasts', I find that I'm very much at peace about the decision.
A friend asked me on Sunday "any regrets?" and I answered her with a big smile "no, none whatsoever." It has...
For the last few weeks I haven't had a car and I'm seeing life here through different eyes. The options available are to walk, take a chapa (cheap mini bus taxi) or a txopela (like in the photo). I live 10kms from town so have to take a chapa or txopela to get there. Here are some of the pros and cons of using public transport in Mozambique
You don't have the stress of driving/finding a parking space
That's what Regiane from the Greenford Baptist Church Insight Team told a group of young girls to do every day. Regiane is studying phsychology and is passionate about helping others, especially women and girls, to value themselves and see themselves as God does. As well as sharing with the girls she also spoke to groups of women and young folks at Manga Baptist Church. Yesterday, Heather (Kedesh Santuário) took the girls to the local market to buy African cloth and have dresses made. On the way, one girl took out a little hand mirror and told herself "I am beautiful"!
At the end of May Carlos and I delivered training for 20 people that had been nominated by our colleague Annet who Coordinates the BMS Legal Team. Annet helped to set up the Association of Christian Lawers in Mozambique and part of her work is to link that work in with the ladies work of the Baptist Convention of Mozambique. We had a real mix of roles and experience but it made for a lovely group. Everyone particularly enjoyed analysing some local problems and presenting the results in the form of problem and objective trees. Other exercises were to produce accounts and a report and one lady that has worked for an organisation for 11 years said that she had always...
Recently a number of people living in rural areas have been displaced due to the political conflict and severe drought, particularly in Central Mozambique. A large percentage of Mozambicans rely on the rice or corn that they grow for their food supply. Because the normal rains didn't come between December and February that basically means that this large number of people are now without food. In the last week or so people have started moving to camps in another region. This means that some children are missing school and often there is not enough shelter for everyone. Even in the city I've been told of people at are now eating only one meal per day. In the last 18...