2020:

Hello members of Doctors for Mozambique foundations!

I’m Pita Joaquirm, doing third year of medicine course. I’m writing to thank your all donors of doctors for Mozambique foundations scholarship by the support that you gave us last year, because it was a difficult year because we faced some problems like cyclone Idai. For those that were doing from third to sixth years were given material like stethoscope, alcohol and others because the faculty decided not to give students such material. But you had shown us that you were there for any problem.

Focusing on studies, I passed all blocks and complementary subjects although I had to repeat the exams of a block in theology, and fortunately I passed; it was an unpleasant experience and I hope no to repeat such situation.

In the 2nd year I learned a lot starting with an internship that I had in three weeks; it was good because I had an experience of what my professional life will be like. I also had a block that introduced the 3rd year of medicine where I studied some pathologies.

In this year the dynamics of study tends to change because studying pathologies needs more attention because it is the basis of medicine.

During the year I can face some problems but I hope that they won’t influence my studies and I’ll prevent the commitment of my studies by such problems.

Also I would like to thank Doctors Gitta, Harry and Mauane by encouraging us every year and I ask them to continue strengthen us.

Finally I want to wish you happy 2020 and may God bless you all.

2018:

My greetings to all donors of Doctors for Mozambique (DFM) Foundation without forgetting Drs Gitta and Harry.

I am Pita Joaquim; I am 20 years old, 1st year of medicine student at Catholic University of Mozambique (UCM). Firstly, I want to thank you (donors) for the help that you give me and doctor Gitta and other members that work with her here in Mozambique, by encouraging the group.

During propaedeutic year I got much experience such as: time management. Before, I wasn’t able to manage my time but now I’m able to divide my time: time to play and time to study because joy and studies are things that don’t walk together. I also learned the importance of help because alone nothing I can do but with others we can make the impossible happen. First, for me was difficult to find information because it was before familiarizing me with the faculty, but now I know how and where I can find the information. In propaedeutic year I learned subjects such as English where I learnt some basics terms, reading, comprehension of text and developing conversation; chemistry, informatics, biology, statistics, physics, ethics, bioethics and others; I developed some abilities in laboratories with microscope and making some reactions. For me it was interesting but it was a big battle, fortunately, I won it because I passed. In this year (2018) I started to do the 1st year of medicine, I know that it is not easy but it doesn’t matter, medicine was, is and will be my dream.

Finally, I want to say thanks for the help, also telling the foundation that I am so happy knowing that after all there is someone who thinks at us and who helps us: students who want to do the medicine course but because of lack of conditions they might end up staying at home or looking for another alternative.

Thank you.

By:

Pita Joaquim

2017

My name is Pita Joaquim, I am 19 year old, born August 31 1998 at Mangunde, Chibabava district, province of Sofala. My father is Joaquim Vulande and my mother is Isabel André. I started school in 2005. My father paid school fees for me at Djambe primary school. In July 2006 my mother had to stay 2 months in hospital. In 2007 I was transferred to Chibabava upper primary school until 2011. From 2012 on I paid the fees myself at Chibabava secondary school. I never had difficulties. 12th grade I did in Buzí secondary school where I had all exemptions but biology and Portuguese . My headmaster told me that I was pre-selected for a scholarship and I went to Nazaré. I met a lot of other candidates coming from different schools and provinces. I was selected and now I am doing the propaedeutic year as a student of Doctors for Mozambique Foundation. I love this foundation because they help poor Mozambican students who have a dream to study medicine