Around the Globe with ChildFund in 31 Days: A Visit with Genito in Mozambique

Reporting by Arcenio Matimbe, ChildFund Mozambique

31 in 31 logoOver the course of January’s 31 days, we’re making a blog stop in each country where we serve children, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and donors. Today, we visit Mozambique for a birthday celebration.

Mozambique is one of the least developed countries in the world, with 70 percent of the population living below the poverty line. With most rural families relying on subsistence farming for a livelihood, it’s rare for Mozambique children to receive treats.

boy with birthday cakeBefore Genito was matched with a ChildFund sponsor in 2009, he admits that he didn’t know about birthday celebrations.

But when his U.S. sponsor began to send him cards, stickers and other small gifts, he soon caught on that a birthday was meant to be a happy occasion.

Now he knows when his birthday is and how to mark the day. “I like to celebrate my birthday. My sponsor always sends me gifts, and on this day I eat cake, biscuits and soft drink,” he exclaims.

boy with birthday card and stickersAt Genito’s home there is a broken freezer where he pastes the stickers received from his sponsor. The front panel is now a menagerie.

How to celebrate birthdays is just one of the things, Genito has learned from his sponsor in the last few years. “I like my sponsor because she teaches me to grow as a good boy.”

It’s encouragement that Genito carries with him every day of the year. “I love you my sponsor,” he says, flashing a shy smile.

Discover more about ChildFund’s programs in Mozambique and how you can sponsor a child.

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