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Caudencio Lazaro


Caudencio da Silva Fernando

Caudencio has helped on a voluntary basis for six-years at a children’s centre. PAVE discovered how much he wanted to study I.T. at University but didn’t have the financial means. He was PAVE’s first sponsored student and in December 2018 he successfully completed his second year of the four-year I.T. course. 


Like all the other students Caudencio is the first from his large extended family to attend university: they are all watching his progress with great pride and thanksgiving in their hearts for this opportunity offered to one of their family! They know that when he qualifies he will be able to alleviate their very tight financial situation and will  proudly fund his younger siblings' education.

I thank God for this opportunity to see my dreams become a reality.

Lewis Rafael


Lewis was considered one of the best students of his year and achieved high grades in his final exams. Lewis’ father encouraged him to continue his studies by enrolling at Unilurio, the State university to study Geological Engineering, a four-year course, which Lewis had been interested in doing since 2015. He was highly recommended by the School Director and was able to pass the entrance exam for a place on this much sought after course.

In his application for funding by PAVE Lewis wrote:

He started studying Geological Engineering in February 2018 and has done well in all his exams. He is very thrilled about this and thanks God for providing the finance through PAVE!

My plans are working with others to improve the country’s economic conditions, give a good life to my parents and siblings and create favourable conditions for people who have aspirations to study (people without the possibilities!)


Chawali Lazaro, 22, had been longing to attend Uni to study English for the past three years. PAVE decided to sponsor him and in January 2018 he took the entrance exam and was accepted into University for a degree in Educational Administration, which will qualify him to work in Administration at any educational establishment. He is now on the way to seeing what seemed an impossible vision, beginning to come true.


His father left his mother when he was born and he was brought up by an uncle together with his sister. His uncle died and his sister married and they have a small boy, and Chawali was living with them in a tiny one bedroom house, being unable to afford to live independently and against his brother-n-law's wishes.

Chawali's course is taught in Nampula, another city 400 kms away from Pemba, and is partly funded by the government. As the cost is therefore much lower than the University courses in Pemba, he can use the rest of the scholarship fund towards paying for accommodation and food.

Chawali's life has been dramatically changed, after years of abuse and living with no hope for the future.

Chawali Lazaro

He is full of praise for God's goodness and tells everyone how "His Father makes the impossible, possible"


Leio’s mother came as a refugee from Tanzania to Mozambique when Leio was 4 years old, together with his elder sister. Despite many years of extreme economic hardship, Leio was able to finish high school, which was his mother’s aim. His dream was to become an IT consultant. Thanks to PAVE Leio is now in the third year of a degree in I.T. at UCM in Pemba. Leio says:


"I chose this course because I love working with computers and teaching, so this course will make me a teacher of network and computer systems and is a course which is close to my heart since I was studying in primary school...

My mother is very proud of me and I want to look after her when I graduate, because my father left us when I was 3-months old. I am responsible for her and my young cousins who live with us. I want to advise my friends to study more and help their families and other people.


Antonio Jenito Augusto

Antonio was nominated Student of the Year at his school in 2018 and has won various nationally recognised student awards. In January 2020 he passed the entrance exam to the highly-sought after Universidade Lurio, which is the official Science University, run by the State. He commenced his degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2020. Antonio says:

"I like to do this course because I think that it’s a good course, challenging, interesting and it can help me to succeed in the future. It is also in the area of what I like. I always liked technology, machines and science… I like to create, to build, to invent, to innovate, to produce, to imagine and to motivate others...

I will work to get good results, good marks and

give my best.

He is very happy that he has been given this opportunity to develop his God-given skills!

Abel Xavier

Abel passed the first year exams of his degree in Geological Engineering at Universidade Lurio in Pemba in December 2018. Unfortunately, Abel’s father suddenly passed away and without his financial support, Abel was unable to enrol on the second year. He approached PAVE in 2019 and in February 2020 he was finally able to resume his course. He is overjoyed as he loves his course and thought he would not be able to finish it.


After he qualifies as a Geological Engineer Abel would like to work as Geologist engineer mainly in the oil area. Abel says:

I want to help people realize their dreams and help my family so that they have a good life.


Ulisses Nelson Manuel

Ulisses’ parents are both unemployed so although Ulisses desperately wanted to continue his studies after finishing secondary school, at the end of 2017, he never thought this would be possible, even though his academic grades were high. However, Ulisses was sponsored to go on to further education and in 2019, after passing the entrance examination, he commenced his studies to become a fully qualified Language Teacher at high school level. This course is not available in his hometown of Pemba, Mozambique, so Ulisses is studying in Nampula, a city about 400 kms away. Ulisses is thoroughly enjoying his course and this is what he says about it:
"The reason why I like this course is because I feel comfortable with it and I think it’s easier to get a job after you finish the course...


I want to help my family economically and my country as well in terms of serving the society.

There is a great interest in learning English in Mozambique and Ulisses will definitely have no problem in finding plenty of work either in a private capacity or working in a secondary school as a Portuguese and English Language teacher.

Lila Maria Benjamin

Lila graduated from high school in December 2018. She grew up in a Children’s Centre and had no real hope of continuing studying after finishing high school. However, in February 2020, Lila was accepted at the Institute of Maternal and Infant
Health, in Nampula and is being sponsored by PAVE.
This is her story:

"I always had a dream to be a midwife since I was a child
and I feel like that is what God created me to be....
It's very important to me, it's deep in my heart. I feel inside that passion that I have to share with all of the women and all of the babies. And I am thankful to God because I feel like he gave me this blessing. Here in Mozambique, being a midwife is very important for women because some of them live so far from the maternity ward. This is why I want to be a midwife, to help them. It is not easy for them and for us, midwives, but this job will help very much the women here in Mozambique, and the babies that are going to be born... 

I just want to thank God for sending PAVE to help us.


Leio Adamo Abacar


Regina Mario Joao

Regina Mario Joao is in her second year of a course run by the Government, in Nampula, Mozambique, from which she will qualify as an official Customs Officer. Regina says:

"I have two more years left including the military academy. This is my second year. I already finished my first year. After I finish, I would like to work in customs and I would like to assist not only my family but my friends too, classmates that don't have the financial means just as you are helping me. One day when I am able, I would like to do the same with others. When I finish studying, I will apply to the military academy. It is the same branch, I just need to register and go to training. There I will have six months of training and I don't need to look for a job right away. So this is great hope for me and my family...


I am so grateful for PAVE’s help and to God for already having connected me. I just need you to continue to help me.

Justino Ernesto Weta

Justino lives with his brothers and parents in Pemba, Mozambique. Both parents are unemployed so when Justino dreamt of attending further education, it seemed just that – a dream! But God provided miraculously through PAVE.
He is presently attending Universidade Catolica de Mozambique on an Economics and Management
course. This is a four-year course and he started in February 2019, having passed all his first year exams with high grades.
Justino says "I’ve always loved science and I’ve always enjoyed helping people to develop their ideas. I like Economics because it helps people reduce unnecessary waste of goods in their homes…it is applied in Agriculture, Engineering, Commerce or Business among other areas...


I will do my utmost to complete this course with the best possible effort and to help the people develop their business in whatever way I can.

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