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Farida's introduction

Maputo project participant

Posted 11:23PM on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 Pacific Time

My name is Fárida, I'm 18 years old, and I live with my parents, my paternal grandparents and my brothers. Last year I took 12th grade, in arts and mathematics, but unfortunately I was unable to enter the university Faculty. But I hope I will get in next year to study sociology or anthropology.

In my free time I like to read, sleep, go for walks, chat, watch television and many other things. I am a presenter of Radio Mozambique's children's programme "Hora do Recreio" (Time to Play).

When I was a child I always enjoyed listening to the Radio Mozambique children?s programmes. I used to take part in competitions until one day I was invited to get to know all those who made the programme. They also invited me to read a story "A Vaca Malhada" ("The Spotted Cow"). I liked it and from that time on, I frequented the radio. I recall that at the time I was only 9 years old.

I have done reports for the children's programme, and I still do. For example, special programmes broadcast live from the schools. I liked the programme we made for the First Lady of Germany last year, when she came to visit the children?s programme.

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What I can say to my family, and my community, is that the most important thing is love, not money. Sometimes they say that they donít visit us because they have nothing to give us. We need love, not things. Even with money you can still feel alone inside.
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