Muodjo Cultural Center
Focus: Education, Community and Arts.
Muodjo Cultural Center was established in 2005 and is located in the Maputo rural area of Mozambique. Muodjo’s mission it o assist vulnerable children and develop their cultural abilities, with special focus on streets children and orphans.
So far about 70 children in the community are immediately benefiting from Muodjo with up to 30 children live in the centre.
Muodjo Cultural Center is based in suburb, about an hour outside of the bustling city of Maputo, and run by Osvaldo Laurenco, who was once an abandoned child and had lived on the street and in orphan homes. When priests took care of him, they discovered his talent for music and gave him the opportunity to study. Now he has a degree in music education and one of Muodjo's projects is a music workshop with traditional African instruments.
The Cultural Association ‘Muodjo’ aims to support disadvantaged children in the community, most of whom are orphaned because of HIV/AIDS and live with elderly relatives who have little means of supporting them, or have become Street children, living on the Streets in Maputo City
Education and the well being of society is an initiative that the Mozambican Government, together with organisations and individuals are working on without discrimination, regardless of race, colour, sex, religion, or political opinion, national origin, ethnic or social origin, economic status, disability, birth or other social status. The Cultural Association ‘Muodjo’ is contributing towards this initiative by providing an educational and social space for young children in the community of Matendene.
Costs & Benefits
Muodjo’s volunteers assist vulnerable children and develop their cultural and creative development with special focus on streets children and orphans.
Volunteers help to carry out workshops, community and orphanage projects such as:
Prepare and deliver educational activities reading, writing, maths, music and art for 50 Pre school children aged between 4yrs-6yrs Monday to Friday from 8am-3pm
Prepare and deliver educational activities music, sports, social and life skills and visits to Cultural Organisations, for 35 Street children aged between 8yrs-16yrs Saturday 8am-1.00pm
International volunteers would support and work with the Community volunteers at Muodjo.
Help with preparation, cooking and serving local food for 2 meals a day Monday-Friday.
International volunteers would live in shared accommodation with other International volunteers or with host families in Matendene
Volunteers would be responsible for their own travel costs to Mozambique
$370/month Shared accommodation with other International volunteers, includes, electricity, water and cleaner. Volunteers would buy and cook their own food.
$230/month accommodation with host family includes electricity, water and all meals.
Some money needed for public transport for seminars and workshops in Maputo City.
Over 18 years old.
CRB check required
Ability to work within a team
Be able to communicate with children of all ages, prepare and deliver lessons plans.
ASSOCIAÇÃO CULTURAL “MUODJO”
Escola “Molho de Feijão Que a Minha Mãe Preparou” de Matendene
Endereço: Bairro de Magoanine “C”,
Rua Graça Machel,
Nº 5578 R/C, Mozambique
Tel:+258827402080 or +258823576757
Location: Maputo, Mozambique
Average cost per day:£ $10
Focus: Education, Community and Arts
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.