All you need is love

4 October 2017

I have just returned from three weeks in Maputo, Mozambique where I was helping a charity called Iris Global.

The base I was at is a children’s centre with school, medical clinic, skills workshops, farm and staff accommodation. Meeting over 200 children who speak another language was pretty overwhelming. They welcomed me openly and I soon picked up the basics in Portuguese as well as finding out they know a lot more English than they let on! On top of running programmes with the kids, and simply playing with them, I also got to help pack food boxes, sort donations and visit: the streets; the rubbish dump, hospitals and other centres. I found that, wherever you are in the world, what people most need is love. You make a change simply by stopping for the one in front of you.

Maria Pepper