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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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...
Thanks to a few peaceful weeks (conflict wise) Carlos and I managed to travel to Sussundenga on Wednesday to see how the cattle project is doing. Because of this small agricultural project life has become a bit easier for the 13 families involved. Those who participated in the vegetable garden training have been able to buy items such as salt, oil and sugar which they can't always afford. One man, Vasco, told us that he was going to buy goats to breed with some of his profits. Inácio, who is managing the project, harvested enough corn in April and May to feed his family until at least January (they normally run out around August and have to use their meagre wages to buy...
Carlos and I were delighted to see two small business ideas being approved this month. One is a kiosk in a remote area that will sell day to day products an the other will sell fish and chicken in the centre of the country (two steps forward.....). However, we've been saddened to see the return of political conflict which makes it difficult for us to travel to visit these projects (....one step back). Carlos went by minibus taxi to visit the fish and chicken project on Monday but has decided not to go to the other project in the West until things have settled down a bit. We are praying that talks will recommence between the two main political parties and that the...
The longer that I'm in Africa, the more I realise the strength of superstition and the impact that it has on day to day life. I know of a few people that have died suddenly and people believe that they may have been poisoned. I read an article today in an on-line paper that got it's information from a weekly newspaper ‘Canal de Moçambique’.
"At least 13 elderly people have been murdered since January in the Marromeu district, north Sofala province, for allegedly practising witchcraft. As a general rule in these cases, the elderly are murdered by family members, often their children or grandchildren...
Breeding chickens, selling frozen fish, dressmaking and mechanics are just a few of the project ideas that Carlos and I have received lately. BMS gave the Baptist Church in Mozambique a revolving loan fund which means that church members can apply for a small loan enabling them to fulfill their dream of owning a small business. It's necessary because bank interest rates are unaffordable to the people who most need a helping hand. The small businesses will provide employment for people that are unemployed or are considered the working poor (earning <£60 per month). These people will have a bit more in order to improve...
Fiona will be on home assignment in the UK and available to request as a BMS Speaker from 14 January to 5 February 2017. Churches wishing to request Fiona as a BMS Speaker should please click on the link to BMS Speakers in the BMS Speakers box on the left hand side of this page and then select the online request form. Please submit your request online by 6 June 2016.