Think of a factory making car parts. Every day to make the same pieces, during the 52 weeks of the year, for years and years.The“normal” life, it's the same ... ..
Every day we get up at the same time, doing the same things, 365 days, for years and years ... .. YOUR LIFE IS A FACTORY, imposed by the system that surrounds you.
I was lucky that in 2012 I managed to wake up from this system and do something that really matters: TO LEAVE MY MARK IN SOMEONE'S LIFE.
My name is Carla Sofia Domingues, Portuguese, 40 years old civil engineer and this is about a part of my life.
Even though I had my degree and work experience, here I learned things I had never heard of or thought to do, such as a "Tippy-Tap" (simple hand washing device), a fire wood saving stove or a solar cooker ....
I had the privilege of being able to choose one of the huge projects in Africa and India. I chose the Child Aid project in a small village (Samfya) in Zambia .... I LOVED IT, it was the 6 best months of my life. I was in a trio with Tamas (today he is my husband) and Gonçalo (one of my teammates).
After finishing the project and the program (18 months program Fighting with the Poor), I did not want to go back to the "factory" imposed by the society, I wanted to continue to help those who need it and who do not have the resources or hypothesis of a better life.
With ADPP (Ajuda de Desenvolvimento de Povo para Povo) in Mozambique, i started a 3 years pioneer Nutrition Project, in the poorest province of Mozambique (Niassa Province), with the main focus on children under 2 years, where death due to malnutrition was 47% in children under 5 years of age. It is the largest province of Mozambique, with greater agricultural potential, but with less population. Malnutrition is high, not because of lack of food, but because of lack of knowledge of how to prepare food for children, the quantity and diversity, as well as food habits imposed by generations and myths. It was a totally different experience for me, to get out of volunteering, and to become responsible in one of the biggest ADPP projects in Mozambique.
I saw and lived things that I never imagined seeing or living. To see children with chronic malnutrition, as I saw "in movies" or BBC, and experience experiences like needing 12 hours to do 250 km in the middle of the jungle in the worst road conditions and without mobile phone network, where a car passes one time per week.