Small children have alot on their minds

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Many young children are forced to do the work of adults. This is often caused by the death of both parents. We saw these 2 girls carrying this sack home. They looked to be between 8 and 10 years old. The sack was so heavy it took both of them to lift it.
It is sad that young bodies are not protected from the rigors of hard work. I asked a community leader if it is good to start work at a young age, his response was the same as ours. It is not good for their growing bones but its often a case of survival.


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“Call to me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3.
“The poor and the needy are looking for water, but there is none. Their tongues are parched with thirst. I, the Lord, will answer them. I, the God of Israel, will not abandon them. I will make rivers flow on bare hilltops. I will make springs flow through valleys, I will turn deserts into lakes. I will turn land into springs.” Isaiah 41: 17-18.
1.1 billion people in the world do not have access to safe water; this is roughly one sixth of the world’s population.
2.6 billion people in the world do not have access to adequate sanitation; this is roughly two-fifths of the world’s population.
1.8 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. This amounts to around 5000 deaths a day.
97.5 percent of the earth’s water is saltwater. If the world’s water fitted into a bucket, only one teaspoonful would be drinkable.
At any one time, half of the developing world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from water-related diseases.
40 billion working hours are spent carrying water each year in Africa.
In the past 10 years diarrhoea has killed more children than all the people lost to armed conflict since World War II.
Today, the average Westerner uses 101 gallons of water a day, more than 15 times that used by many in third-world countries.
Source: Intercessors Network

Water Access

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The sale of water in urban areas like Maputo, the nation's capital, is illegal but some homes that have piped water, charge for the service because access is often so difficult for many of the 1.7 million inhabitants. Only 730 000 people in the city are connected to mains water, sometimes only intermittently, so almost every household has one or more 20-litre containers in the kitchen for storing water. This is then used for drinking, cooking, bathing and washing.

The health repercussions of limited access to clean water are reflected in the number of hygiene-related infections like dysentery, especially in children.

16 years after the end of a civil war that wreaked havoc on the country, the majority of Mozambicans are still without basic services. Mozambique now has clean water access of 40% (of the population).(IRIN)

Run the Race

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Heb 12:1 Since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. 3 Think about all he endured when sinful people did such terrible things to him, so that you don't become weary and give up.

We are told here to put aside our sin. Although it may be difficult, it is possible because we are told to do it. We all have a race set out before us and we have been given all we need to run that race. Don’t allow yourself to be ensnared by sin, keep your focus on the goal and use all that you have been given, to finish in victory.


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This guy is off to the market to sell these drums, thank goodness they are empty, imagine the weight if they were full.
People use these second hand oil drums to collect and carry water.
The roads are very sandy, when the bikes move to one side to let a car pass, quite often the rider has to do all he can to keep upright.

Bit of a gust

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It has been a bit windy here this week, there is dust everywhere. I felt like I was being sand blasted as I ventured along the streets.
I passed this power pole snapped off at the base lets pray they replace it before children start to play with the line that is now close to the ground. (You can see the black line half way down the fence).

Beira traffic

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