Mozambique Week 2
Our First Week in Mozambique
Challenging Perspectives: Mozambique
To encourage SERVE’s 2017 volunteers to think critically about common perceptions and misconceptions relating to developing countries, they have been given the task of taking photos that we think will challenge the perspectives of people in Ireland. These photos are coming from our volunteers working in Mozambique during July and August 2017.
While so much has changed, developing countries continue to be described through a series of lacks and absences, failings and problems, plagues and catastrophes. The challenge we set our volunteers was to be open to seeing things differently, to fight the stereotypes and exhibit the reality.
The photos featured here aim to challenge perspectives around such things as consumerism, gender stereotypes, wealth and nature, which may not necessarily be the common images we associate with Mozambique.
At all times the volunteers will be keeping in mind the Dochas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages.
Click on the photos below to get an explanation of the context of the photo.
Week 1 in Mozambique
By Caroline Wright
Monday our day of work began, our jobs were to paint and tile classrooms and bathrooms in Young Africa centre in Beira. These will be used as a creche. The children will be provided with a classroom, bathrooms, shower and a bedroom. This will add to their facilities, allowing for Young Africa to have more children cared for and taught in the creche, with appropriate sanitation facilities. We continued this work until Thursday, with more to continue the following Monday. Friday was filled with excitement and pride of the students graduating from Young Africa. We, the Irish team had the pleasure of being present for this. Helping to prepare for the graduation was definitely worth the work, as I saw the happiness and pride of all the students who had graduated and their families and the joy they all had.