Wanderley & Rosaria da Silva were disappointed when the President of Mozambique announced a further 30 days of lockdown in the country at the end of June. Once again they have had to put on hold their plan to reopen New Hope pre-school in Chimoio.

However, they have been busy in their purpose-built industrial kitchen at the Baruk (Blessings) Centre. They described this project in a recent personal Facebook post: ‘We are teaching some young people how to make cassava flour and tapioca, to help them during this lockdown time. They make the product, we sell it to the missionaries here, and then we divide the profits between the young people. It’s a way we’ve found of helping some of those in our local community during this difficult time.’

While cassava flour is simply ground/pounded cassava root, tapioca is more complicated to produce. The raw cassava root is peeled and grated, producing a milky fluid. This is soaked in water for several days, then strained, kneaded and dried. The resulting bead-like starch is used in cooking as a thickening agent, especially in puddings.

We thank God for this initiative of the da Silvas to help needy young people. We pray that He will continue to guide and bless them and their local community during this challenging time.