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Minister of Justice, Finland visits Children's Town Maputo

Visit of Minister of Justice of Finland, Ms. Anna-­?Maja Henriksson, to ADPP Children’s Town

The excitement in the air was palpable.

The19th ofMay marked a special day for the children living and studying at the ADPP Children’s Town boarding school for vulnerable children in Maputo. The visit of the Minister of Justice of Finland, Ms. Anna-­?Maja Henriksson, and her delegation had been prepared for weeks.

The visit was part of the Minister’s agenda for her 4-­?day visit to Mozambique, during which she will be meeting with various ministers, parliamentarians, city council members and representatives of the civil society to discuss issues related to the rule of law, good governance, trade and education. The visit to the Children’s Town gave an opportunity for the Minister’s to familiarize herself with the day-­?to-­?day lives of vulnerable and orphan children in today’s Mozambique and with the work of ADPP Mozambique done in this area.

“As a Minister of Justice, I consider the status of children of utmost importance in any given society ruled by law. We need to work for their wellbeing and invest in them– after all, they are our future,” explained the Minister when asked about the reasons for her visit at the Children’s Town.

During the visit, Minister Henriksson was given a tour of the boarding school premises, including the school classes, the sewing room, the dormitories, the henhouse, the school 1 garden and the library. The children also performed a theater play, specially rehearsed for the important guests. At the end of the visit, the Minister and the children had a chance to interact with each other and exchange gifts.The books, pens, notebooks and sports equipment handed over by the Finnish Ministerto the Director of the Children’s Town, Americo Nhalungo, were greeted with enthusiastic applause by al present at the ceremony. One of the gifts was above others, however: the cheerful screams of joy filling the air when the Minister drew out the new football were a clear sign that it was a particularly long-­?awaited and welcome gift for the children – both boys and girls. As a ways to respond to the generosity, the children offered the Minister handicrafts made of the traditional and colorful capulana cloth specially prepared during the sewing classes.

“I am happy to see the great work ADPP is doing in offering these children better life opportunities,” concluded the Minister at the end of the visit. “I hope that the long-­?standing collaboration between Finland and ADPP continues in the future and that it keeps bearing the fruit it has done until now. The results are clearly visible.”