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On Wednesday 1st April, the president of Mozambique declared a state of emergency in the country for 30 days to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
It is not a full lock-down but schools are closed and the Casa-Reom gates have been shut and the boys are finding other ways to entertain themselves.
They have plenty supplies and also received a donation of new mattresses. The closure still allows Oliveira and other staff to visit.
Work on renovations of the YWAM Beira building in the centre of Beira are nearing completion. Under the "Build Back Better" scheme (nothing to do with the UK initiative - we thought of it first!) donations from YWAM supporters all over the world has allowed the floors and roof to be completely replaced after the damage from cyclone Idai.
As well as using local construction companies, some of the renovation work has been carried out by ex-Casa Reom boys trained in electrical work and construction. Arquilino was able to use these wages to put a deposit on a piece of land for his own house which he plans to build himself.
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Monteiro, one of the older Casa Reom boys, attended his graduation ceremony this week after completing his training as a teacher of Physical Education. The staff put on a special celebration party in the new dining room at Casa Reom with a meal, drinks and a celebration cake.
Monteiro's specialist sports subjects were basketball and netball, but he is also qualified to teach geography and Portuguese at primary level. He was due to begin a probationary teaching placement in 2020 but due to schools closing this has been deferred.
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It is almost a year since Escola Reom closed just as the 2020 school year was getting underway. This week the teachers begin the challenge to make up for almost a year of lost education.
Escola Reom starts later this year after the school hosted the delayed 2020 end-of-year exams for local secondary school children. When cyclone Eloise damaged the roof of next door Inhamizua Secondary School, Casa Reom stepped in to offer a place for Year 10 and Year 12 pupils to complete these critical exams.