Success Stories

Luisa Joao Sirica

Luisa Joao Sirica is an impressive, confident woman who tended to her small store as we spoke with her.  “We weren’t a community before Care for Life came,” she told us. “Things were very different. People would just walk around and go to the bathroom everywhere. They didn’t care. We learned to build latrines…and keep things clean. Before, we had a church where some people came together, but we never walked to each other’s houses and talked.  Now we meet to talk about our zone and how we can keep improving [and] support each other. That very night after the cyclone, we went around from house to house…to see if they were okay. And if they weren’t, we’d bring them to a house where they’d be okay.”

Fernando Luis Mamboriso

Fernando Luis Mamboriso is an older, graying gentleman who moves slowly.  He was a zone leader in Nazare. He supports his wife and six children by selling fish he buys from the seashore. “We were really bad after the cyclone,” he told us. “But we knew how to rebuild the kitchens, the latrines and our houses.  And not only that, but we knew how to work as a community, to help each other. That’s what we learned from Care For Life. We learned to work together. We didn’t need anyone to come help us because we knew. We were taught and then we taught others…. We learned the importance of learning, and we still want to continue to learn…Somebody learns something and then they can teach someone else…pouco a pouco [little by little].”

Eusesio Salimu ZamZam

Eusesio Salimu ZamZam shared with us his experience after the cyclone, when the government was overwhelmed and unable to help them in their need.  He expounded, “During the cyclone we suffered very much.  Afterwards, many people said, ‘We need someone to come take care of us, to help us.’ The village leaders said, ‘No, no one is coming. But we have the knowledge of what we need to do to take care of ourselves.’” Before we left Nazare, we were able to take a picture with Eusesio and his beautiful children and grandchildren.

Rosa Vicento Sande

Rosa Vicento Sande greeted us with a cheerful smile and big hugs, wearing her white Care for Life shirt and a bright traditional wrap as a skirt. She had served as a CFL Health Educator and people still call her “Senora de Saude,” Mrs. Health. She told us, “Care for Life taught us how to love, to take care of each other, and to respect each other.” After the cyclone, CFL leaders in the village started visiting people again, telling them, “Pay attention to the things you learned. You can’t stop doing these things just because of the storm.” She told us, “When new people come to our village we teach them these things—it has to stay clean, you must make a latrine, and a tarimba [small table to keep dishes clean].” Three years after Care for Life’s exit, Rosa is still recognized as a leader in the community and people still come to her house to ask her questions .