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My friend Adelino is very curious. He loves to learn new things. As you read about him and his family, think about what it would be like to live in his village. In Africa there is a saying, "Knowledge is like a garden. If it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested." What might we learn from Adelino?

Adelino Chimbolo
Photo: Tammi Mott/CWS

Adelino Chimbolo (a-de-LEE-no chim-BO-lo) is eleven years old. He lives with his mother, father, and eight sisters and brothers in the village of Kalenga (Ka-len-ga). His country, Angola, is slowly recovering from many years of civil war. Over a third of all the people in Angola were forced to leave their homes during the fighting. Now that peace has finally returned, the people of Angola face many problems in rebuilding their country.

Adelino loves going to school. He's in the third grade at Kalenga Elementary School. When he comes home, he has chores to do - like carrying water for the family. The water jugs are heavy! But Adelino is strong and has good balance. Like many people in Africa, he has to fill up the container at a community faucet. Then he has to carry it home. Imagine how your life would be different if you had to carry all the water your family uses like that!

His mother, Raquel, is a farmer. She is going to school too. She goes in the evenings to learn to read. Because of the war, over half the adults in Angola don't know how to read. With help from Church World Service, the Christian Council of Angola sponsors reading classes for adults. They are eager to learn so that they can be active, informed citizens.

CWS also provides farmers like Raquel with seeds, tools, and training to improve their farming. The Chimbolos will be among the Angolans who help rebuild their country.

Angola has much to do after years of war. But the people are eager to rebuild their lives and their country. Just look at Adelino and his mom! They are both going to school so they can be good citizens.

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