November 6 2006
First Lady of Mozambique visits SOS Children's Village
SOS Children's Village Maputo was honoured on 30 October by a visit from the first lady of Mozambique, Mrs Maria da Luz Guebuza. Mrs Guebuza was accompanied by several government officials. The visit formed a part of the Mozambican government's pledge to alleviate poverty and to assist orphaned and vulnerable children. The delegation was tasked with finding out how non-governmental partner organisations are assisting the government with accomplishing this ideal.
Arriving on time at ten o'clock, the first lady was warmly welcomed by children and co-workers. Mrs Guebuza commenced her visit by the ceremonial planting of a fruit tree. "Let's plant a fruit tree together. I am expecting you mothers and children to water it well until it bears fruit. I want you mothers to look after your children similarly, until they also bear fruit", she exhorted.
Soon, Mrs Guebuza was invited to visit one of the family houses. The SOS mother showed her guest around the house, describing the every day routine of the children. "This is just amazing. Our orphan children in Mozambique have found a home, a mother and a family. These children leave in peaceful environment and can play and go to school! Keep up the good work. This is what our government wants to see happening", emphasized the first lady.
The first lady then proceeded to the SOS Kindergarten and the SOS Social Centre before taking a light lunch prepared for her by the SOS mothers. While she was eating, the excited children performed traditional dances to celebrate the visit. Just before she left, Mrs Guebuza signed the village guest book and left some children's books, milk powder and porridge for the children.