Casa Reom Children
Casa Reom started out as a centre for street children following the civil war in Mozambique. The centre provided accommodation and basic schooling for up to 100 boys in a building in the centre of Beira.
Casa Reom at Inhamizua
In 2005 the boys moved to a new site at Inhamizua and building work started in the same year so that now there is a dormitory block, a sanitary block, two classrooms and a basic kitchen. There are 26 boys currently living at Casa Reom and the ages range from 5 to 20 years. Children arrive at Casa Reom from government orphanages or are brought by social services or individuals. The typical daily program starts with cleaning up, helping to prepare breakfast and a time of worship and before school starts at 8.30 am. The older boys go into town for school or to attend vocational training. Some children attend night school. Bed time is normally at 9pm.
Re-Integration and Independence
Very often little is known of a boy’s history when he arrives. Some come from families who can no longer look after the children due to poverty or illness. The background of each child is investigated by Casa Reom and social services working together. Where family members can be found then an attempt is made to re-integrate the boys back into families who can care for them. In some cases this means providing assistance to the families. Visits are made by Casa Reom staff to the boys who have been re-integrated.
Those boys who have no family are brought up and educated at Casa Reom until they can become independent adults. Training is provided to find vocations and help them into jobs after they leave the centre.
More than 114 children have been integrated between 2010 and 2011. Here are some of the stories of boys who have become independent adults after leaving Casa Reom.
Arquelino Antonio Lancerda and Antonio
Arquilino was brought to the centre by his grandmother who could not afford to look after him because she lived in extreme poverty. After school at Casa Reom he was sent to train as an electrician and is now working and looking after his grandmother.
Antonio lived with his father who was a street man / beggar. After some time at Casa Reom, he went to train as a brick layer and is now working as a builder.
Lancerda Alfandega and Antonio Alfandega are brothers. Both parents committed suicide and then grandmother tried to look after them but could not cope, she was too poor. She brought them to Casa Reom and after they finished school, they were sent to learn a skill. Lancerda took up panel beating and his brother took up plumbing. Antonio is a talented footballer who is playing for one of the top teams in Beira. Again, they are both looking after their grandmother.
Joao Da Silva Evarito Geraldo Raiva
Joao da Silva studied IT and is now teaching computers at the Language Institute in Beira.
Spirito Jophito and Evaristo Jophito are brothers. They lived with an older brother before coming to Casa Reom. Spirito is now a builder and Evaristo is a mechanic.
Geraldo Raiva has started his own fishing business. He has now been reunited with his father who has joined him in the business (fishing). He is still studying at night.
Escola Reom is the school that is based at Casa Reom’s Inhamizua site. The school provides primary education, up to Year 5, for 200 Children from the local community around Inhamizua as well as about 10 of the younger children at Casa Reom.
There are 6 teachers at Escola Reom who provide education to the government curriculum. There are two classroom blocks at Inhamizua with four classrooms, although one classroom is currently being used as an office.
A gift from the Rotary Organisation in Rugby, UK has provided new desks for the second classroom block just completed in 2012.