Hopefully you’ve read last weeks blog on the first part of the Ops team visiting Mozambique and South Africa which mainly focused on them landing in South Africa, visiting Nando’s Central Kitchen and prepping for an early rise for Mozambique. They arrived (as you will remember…) in Mozambique and immediately went to visit the chilli farms that Nando’s support, buying their Bird’s Eye chilli from and helping local communities and more! The following blog is somewhat the main event – the Malaria spray day. Enjoy!
Today started so early!! As soon as we woke, it was basically time to head across to the town and start our packed day of spraying. The spraying, as you will now know, is to prevent malaria spreading throughout streets and towns across Mozambique. It’s a simple process but one that can make a huge difference to the lives of many people. Nando’s are dedicated to helping these people and it is nice to be getting involved.
Once we arrived we got suited and booted (we looked like Ghostbusters) and spent a brief time being show exactly how to spray the homes properly. There’s a certain distance you need to be from the wall in order to make the most out of the spray. Even though this may not sound too important, it’s key to spray the right amount, from the right distance and for the correct length of time. If you don’t do this, you’ll either be wasting resources or wasting time, and neither of these things can happen.
Whilst we were spraying, it was interesting to find that there were some select people who didn’t want their homes protected from malaria. Of course we would respect their wishes, but at the same time it was heartbreaking to see that they were declining the chance to protect their families or loved ones. After chatting with some of the town residents, it was clear that there was more education needed about the spraying project to make these people aware of the benefits of the spray missions. When we came together at the end of the day, we discussed how the one improvement could be helping educate local people.
By the end of the session, we had sprayed around 20 homes between us. We worked in teams of 2-4 people, so it was a real team effort. The professionals, who work doing this day in, day out, are really wonderful at what they do. They helped us if we needed it, trained us so we could work independently and were there to educate us about the project. It was great to see people so dedicated to helping other people.
After 4 hours of no water, no toilet, no food and no stopping, we finished our session spraying the houses. It really put into perspective of the job that these people need to do, if after half a day of work, we’re all ready for bed.
Once we said our goodbyes, we got onto the bus and made our way back to the hotel. Sweaty, tired and hungry, we moved on to a delicious beach-side restaurant called Momma Gloria’s. Momma Gloria’s is said to make “the world’s best peri-peri chicken” and it’s tough to argue. Chicken, beers, chips and good times, it was wonderful to reflect on the help we had given, and what could be done further. But as for the trip, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Thanks to everyone who helped, it was a blast.