1. Project Location: Lichinga, Mozambique and Mapudje, Mozambique
2. Project Name and General Description of Project: Lichinga Baptist Church, Lichinga, Mozambique would like to sponsor a series of MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR SEMINARS. Tentative dates are August 3-12,2014. Small Chinese motorcycles are a very important means of transportation in Mozambique. More and more people are buying them. Church members have indicated that a maintenance and repair seminar would be very helpful for motorcycle owners so that they can do basic maintenance and repairs for themselves. We would like to hold a seminar in Lichinga for about three days and also one at our church site at Mapudje Village(about 40 miles from Lichinga) for about three days. The seminar would include practical/hands on training in Motorcycle maintenance and repair. It would also include daily Bible Study/chronological storying with the seminar participants as a means of reaching out into the community with the gospel. We are projecting inviting about 20 participants per seminar in order to have two manageable sized small groups for hands on training. . We are asking for 2-4 volunteers. Couples and/or father/son teams are welcome. It would be very helpful if some of the volunteers could speak Portuguese. We are asking for at least two volunteers who have training and experience in Motorcycle mechanics. If the volunteers do not speak Portuguese, we will recruit interpreters locally.
3. Contact Person/Project Director: Nancy Carley email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone # : 258-271-21193
4. Specific Type of Work to Be Completed: teaching motorcycle repair/chronological storying
a. Work environment (geographic setting): Lichinga, Mozambique (city) and Mapudje Village, Mozambique. Lichinga is the Provincial capital of the the Province of Niassa. Population is about 100,000. It is situated on a plateau. Elevation is about 4500 ft and climate is temperate. June-August is the cool, dry season. In early August, it should be cool at night and the early morning but should warm up during the day. Since it is dry season it should not rain but there is always a possibility of occasional rain during dry season. Mapudje village of about 1000 people, is 1000ft lower in elevation. Therefore it will be warmer than in Lichinga but should not be hot. The volunteers should bring a light jacket or sweater for the cool nights.
b. People Group that volunteers will be working with: Yao-predominant religious is Islam but Mozambique has religious freedom
5. Specific Dates if applicable (or TBD): August 3-12,2014
a. Approx. length of stay including travel time from the U.S. (or other country): 14 days
6. Specific skills needed and/or recommended including possible educational requirements and/or credentials if needed: experience in Motorcycle mechanics and ability to teach
7. Can college students serve in this project? yes, if they have experience in motorcycle mechanics and/or can speak Portuguese
8. Team Size (minimum/maximum; gender preference, if any): 4 people- couples and/or father/son teams are welcome. Two of the volunteers should have experience in motorcycle mechanics and be willing and able to teach.
9. Health considerations/requirements: – Good overall health and fitness is necessary. Malaria is endemic and prevention is a necessity. Diet on the field would be basic and most foods would need to be purchased in Lichinga. Recommended immunizations include Typhoid; Tetanus; Hepatitis A and B. It is recommended that all drinking water be filtered. Bottled water is available. Must be able to: stay in a village home in a rural village setting, eat local food in the village. Health care is very limited in Lichinga, the nearest large town. Malaria testing and basic medicines are available in Lichinga. Local government doctors may be available if needed but for serious illnesses, the closest good hospitals are in Malawi. Excellent health care for serious illnesses is available in South Africa
Ministry items to bring: Tools for motorcycle repair; teaching materials
11. Airport of Arrival: The volunteers should fly into Lichinga airport. It is not an international airport. Connections would need to be made through Maputo, Mozambique and Johannesburg, South Africa OR through Nampula, Mozambique and Nairobi, Kenya or Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. There are flights from Maputo or Nampula four times a week-Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
12. Local Transportation: double cab pickup or van
13. Probable lodging arrangements: Housing in Lichinga would most likely be at the SIM Mission Guest House. It is a small five room guest house with electricity and internet. There is one room with its own bathroom. Guests in other rooms share a bathroom. Bathrooms have hot water. Guests share a kitchen. Linens, towels, dishes, cooking utensils are provided.
14. Housing at Mapudje will most likely be in homes of local believers in the village. Homes in the village will not have running water, electricity, or indoor plumbing but should have mattresses and mosquito nets. Volunteers should bring sleeping bags, mosquito repellent; soap and towels, a good flashlight. It may also be a good idea to bring a mosquito net tent.
15. What, if any, additional items like sleeping bags, sheets, etc. needed: see # 14 above
EXPENSES – ON THE FIELD
16. Total Approximate cost Food, lodging and local transportation $270.00 Mozambique tourist visa $60.00
17. (included but not limited to the following):
a. Transportation: from and to airport, worksite and lodging location
b. Onsite expenses – food, lodging, translators (if needed)
c. Airport taxes/exit fees (Often only payable in USD)
d. Ministry items to purchase on the field
18. Personal Items to bring: insect repellant; sun screen; first aid kit; good supply of prescription medications;good flashlight and extra batteries
19. Cultural Considerations (including language): The official language of Mozambique is Portuguese. Some people in Lichinga speak English but almost nobody in the villages speaks English. The seminars in Lichinga and Mapudje will have to be taught in Portuguese. The people group that the volunteers will be working with is the Yao People. They speak the Yao language and are 96% Muslim. Mozambique has freedom of religion and we are free to teach the Bible and witness to anyone who is interested. The Yao are open to hearing Bible stories and several have decided to follow Jesus. All of the members of the small church at Mapudje which will be hosting the seminar are Yao Muslim Background believers. Witnessing tools that we use include Chronological Storytelling; Creation to Christ; and Jesus Film. In addition to daily chronological storying at the seminars, there may be opportunity to show the Jesus Film and/or do witnessing in Lichinga and in Mapudje village or one of the surrounding villages. In preparation for the trip, volunteers should be prepared to give a personal testimony and should be prepared to present the Creation to Christ gospel presentation. They should also become familiar with Chronological storying methods and be prepared to teach several stories.
20. Other Special Consideration(s)
a. Specific immunizations:see health considerations above
b. Visa needs/requirements: The volunteers will need a single entry visitor’s visa which is good for 30 days. It can be obtained at the Mozambican Embassy in the US. Cost for the visa is $60.00. Visa application forms and instructions can be found on the Mozambican Embassy web page. A letter of invitation from someone in Mozambique is required for the visa application. The field missionary will provide the invitation letter when required.
c. Specific security concerns (STS) :visiting the churches
d. Information for landing cards/entry forms: visiting Nancy Carley Rua de Unango # A015, City of Lichinga; District of Lichinga; Province of Niassa
e. Climate: see #4a above
f. Clothing recommendation(s)/suggestions: Men: casual sport shirts and slacks or jeans; Women: comfortable washable skirts and blouses and casual dresses. Slacks and shorts are generally not appropriate for women to wear out in public unless covered with a traditional wrapper cloth(bought in the local market) Both: light jacket or sweater; comfortable walking shoes; sun hat or cap
g. Cash, travelers checks, credit cards/ATM’s: ATMs that accept VISA Card are available in Lichinga
h. Communication/email availability (or lack thereof): email available in Lichinga; cell phone coverage and email via cell phone modem at Mapudje
i. Emergency contact info: 258-271-21193
j. Other: Most of the motorcycles in the Lichinga/Mapudje area are the small Chinese models. These are affordable for the average Mozambican and do not require an official driver’s license. They only require a driving permit from the nearest city or town government. The most common brand of motorcycle here in the Lichinga/Mapudje area is LIFO. One of the most common models of LIFO is XY-49-11. Other Chinese brands are available but the LIFO brand motorcyles are most popular because they are considered to be sturdy, dependable motorcycles and parts are available. Other motorcycles that are available include the smaller Hondas, Suzukis, Kawasakis. These last three brands are the “Cadillacs” of the local motorcycle world and are mostly only found in Lichinga where they are being driven by government employees and NGO workers.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Sub-Sahara Africa Baptist Global Response/Kentucky Baptist Partnership Checklist
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