At Casa Rex & Sol Resorts we believe that strength lies in our community pulling together – we have seen it countless times with some remarkable results.
In the small coastal town of Vilanculos, there are many initiatives & efforts towards building a better & stronger community that go unnoticed. We would just like to point out a few that directly involve our staff & their families, & show them that we, too are committed to helping out wherever we can. As an example we have picked 2 incidences – the first where one of our staff has outdone himself in running a local English class from a make-shift classroom in his garden - & the second a touching story of the help given to 2 twin girls born to another one of our staff.
At the beginning of 2013 our dedicated Head Housekeeper - Sr Sergio Manga founded the Escola de Inglês da Comunidade de Alto Macassa – the Alto Macassa Community English School. He realized that there are many adults in his community who do not speak English and are, as a consequence, disadvantaged when applying for jobs in the predominant local tourism industry. He decided to teach them!
The move was welcomed by the Secretario de Bairro - the area Administrator, who himself asked to be a pupil and the fledging school was opened.
Sergio built benches from local wood under the trees in is garden paying for the transportation of wood himself. Casa Rex and other members of the ex-pat community assisted with the purchase of books, pens, blackboards and chalk.
Teaching when he finishes work, Sergio already has two classes. One at 4.00 pm for children and another which starts at 6.00 pm for adults. The benches are filled to overflowing and the appreciative students are progressing well.
The good rains this year have however highlighted the need to build a more sheltered structure. Casa Rex has donated roofing and funds are currently being raised to purchase other building material and more exercise books and dictionaries.
Empowering the enthusiastic students is a worthy project and Sergio, our special Housekeeper, is deserving of support in his non-profit venture!
The second example involves one of our gardeners, Filemone Chissumba, working at Deacra (Sol Resorts’ self-catering villas). A month ago, Filemone’s wife died tragically whilst giving birth to twin girls, leaving him with the monumental task of looking after these 2 babies. Our manager at Casa Rex (who we commend for always being ready to assist in like-situations), most effectively put the word out, encouraging the community to help out. It was very touching to see the community response, as Filemone has been inundated with donations of clothes & other essentials. As the picture indicates the girls are doing well & we will continue to follow their story!
To conclude, in the words of Mother Theresa – “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.”