Day 23: Colourful smiles – ColorADD’s mission

The ALG invited the Portuguese NGO ColorADD to visit our operations in Chokwè in February 2017, including the São Vicente Paulo School and Santa Luísa de Marillac School projects.  

Between the 19th and the 28th February, a ColorADD team made their initial visit from what ALG expects to develop into a long-term partnership between the two charities. This visit by team leaders Bárbara Neiva and João Santos included a recognition visit, the distribution of ColorAdd kits (bag, pencil and activity books) and awareness raising towards color-blindness. ColorAdd has developed a color identification system through a code that allows color-blind people to be inserted into society. During this visit the team ran a screening of all the children in the HIV Centre with a report fully available for consultation and photos here.

The children were thrilled with all the attention and both parties concluded this was a mutually enriching experience to be repeated over the medium-term!  

A TESTIMONIAL FROM COLORADD: “We went looking for the smile inside a child’s eyes… we came back with a lot of colourful glances and with a full heart! From Escola Santa Luísa de Marillac to the Day Centre for HIV positive children, we were always welcomed with open arms and were able to share experiences with almost 1000 children and their teachers, carried out colour-blindness screenings, offered ColorADD kits with school material… but, more than that, we touched and were touched by the generosity of every single person who accompanied us in this adventure. For now, we have the certainty of wanting to go back and the promise that we will go back… there are many other smiles to colour!!! A strong and heartfelt thank you to all those who helped us make this crusade possible. To UPG/ALG (Um Pequeno Gesto/A Little Gesture), who supported us from the beginning and accompanied us on the field through its Director, Anabela Nina, its Volunteers and its Local Technicians… from all we received the strength to go on doing more and better… and we will!!! Color is for All!!!”

ON THE HIV CENTRE CHILDREN: “Which child marked us more? ALL! For themselves and for the incredible work being performed by ALG and the Vicentine Sisters in the Centre! If we have to chose, me Barbara I chose Helio Machavane, a hyper sensitive, creative and intelligent boy, and Marcia, incredibly docile though naughty, very independent. Mano João was surrendered to Lavinesse, to her sweetness and intelligence.”

Barbara Neiva, ColorADD, March 2017

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