Justo Chivala Zeferino
Theme: Living with families in Lubango
I’m Justo Chivala Zeferino. Of course, the trip was a battle to be faced. I’m not the same person today. Fear has been overcome, fear has been left behind and I can say that my life is more open to the future than ever before.
I will explain the experiences we obtained when we were three students living with a family for three days in the Nambambi neighbourhood, located on the outskirts of Lubango City.
It was an amazing thing, dealing with a family from another part of the country and having close contact with them. It was difficult even in the first moments of meeting them. Only after a while did we adapt to those caring and unprejudiced people who were able to shelter a traveller. The mother left every morning to go to the market and from there she earned something to support her family. She sold second-hand clothes and sandals as well as new clothes. The husband was self-employed as a quarry master.
Every morning, we three students did some housework together with the family, cleaning and fetching water for the house. After that, we stayed during the day with the five children when they were not in school. In the afternoon the adults would come home again.
According to them, it has been a time of economic difficulty due to the rise in prices in the market, which is almost constant in recent years. So, the mother could not go to Santa Clara to buy things. Because of the crisis her business almost went bankrupt. Through hard work, the family managed to overcome these moments back in 2016, which they comment on with disdain. They are now able to get back to normal, paying their children’s school fees and ensuring that primary needs are not lack
ing for the family. They also continue to invest in their business so that it keeps growing and becomes large-scale. For the father, the problem is when there are no building works and he is months without work.
Still the family has great prospects of increasing their business and opening a shop in their home and a store in the provincial market to expand their business.
It was very good for me to connect with people of different customs, cultures and traditions that make us different and equal at the same time. I consider that living with the family was a great way of beginning my journey as a teacher of the future. It helped me be a teacher of all and for all Angolans without distinction of people, race, tribe or tradition, thus abandoning attitudes and behaviours that distance us from other people and feelings of everyone from Cabinda to Cunene - from the sea to the east.
I feel more committed to the future of Angola and its families, to serve and help them in order to promote changes in their way of life and of their children, thus maintaining families united and solid in the face of society’s new challenges and thus contributing to the sound progress of our country.