One of my favorite hippie Peace Corps colleagues introducing the girls to yoga.
Mornings were filled with large-group sessions. I got to lead one session on test-taking skills and another on study skills.
Meeting other Mozambican girls from the other side of the country is one of the greatest things that happens at the conference. The support and encouragement they get from/give eachother is pretty powerful and so needed.
Veronica was one of our Mozambican fascilitators. She was a rather sassy, loud, intelligent woman who refered to her booty as her Mozambican "riqueza" or riches. lol Besides being hilariously entertaining, she served as a solid role model for the girls. She is one of a very small number of female school directors. We also had 2 other Mozambican facilitators, a math teacher and Portuguese teacher who were also refreshingly witty, talented, inspiring women who will undoubtedly do great things for Mozambique. They certainly did for our conference. The goal is to eventually hand the project off completely to Mozambican women.
The girls had technical sessions in the afternoon where they learned nutrition, public-speaking, self-defense, and income generation. Here we have one of my fellow PCVs, Gina attacking a girl in practice.
The girls are definitely starved for positive attention. We had them occupied from sunrise to sunset.
Olivia and Muazareia, the representatives from Angoche.
Outside of Chimoio is Cabeca do Velho, a mountain that looks like the profile of an old man. Many of the girls had never climbed a mountain before, so we took them up one afternoon.
view all the way into Zimbabwe