Launched in June 2012, the fair is now in its eighth year. It has become well known in Maputo as the annual gathering for national and international families alike, celebrating Maputo’s children from all walks of life. In 2018, the fair was attended by over 400 people from in and around the city, who came to enjoy the many attractions from creative and educational children’s activities such as poetry, arts and crafts, face painting and book-making, to story-telling, capoeira, dance, drumming, games and competitions. Parents were able to enjoy lunch and coffee at Café Acacia, visit our designer stalls selling books, designer jewelry, bags and more.
With the devastating natural catastrophe that has affected the central provinces of Mozambique, this year we are also focusing on educational support for children of Sofala province affected by Cyclone Idai. Therefore, the fair’s theme this year is Children Helping Children. This theme was specifically chosen to show children how they can help other children in need. The dynamic fair activities, will include stations for children to create handmade books and educational games, which we will placed into upcycled rice sacks, along with a donated book, capulana, school supplies and other school resources that will form a Literacy Kit. Our aim is that, at minimum, 500 children in Sofala province will receive these Literacy Kits. Therefore, this year, our community fair will spread the message of helping others in need and it will continue to promote the joy of literacy for children in Maputo.
This year the fair continues to be made possible by amazing sponsors, donors and partners that support the Livro Aberto vision of literacy for all children.
Thank you to…
Main Event Partners: Societe Generale Moçambique, Dalima.
Event Partner: Norconsult, PWC, Motorcare.
Activity and Service Partners: TMcel, Zap, Coca-cola, Moz Riders, Café Acácias, Hotel Cardoso, Mercado de Terra
Raffle Prize Sponsors: Sailaway Dhow Safaris, Zavora Lodge, Kwa Madala Elephant Interaction, Tofinho Beach Cottages, Trees Too Guest Lodge, Anni's Organic Yarns, Nail Spa,16 Neto and more!
Have a peek at the raffle prizes, donation drive and activities of the day!
Livro Aberto would also love your trash! All materials will be used to create books and games for children in Sofala province.
Please share your used or excess:
-capulanas, fabric… new or in good condition used A4 paper… used only on one side
-water bottles and caps… all sizes
-cool drink or beer bottle caps
-cereal boxes, thin boxes…
-large rice sacks… new or in good condition
-Portuguese books… new or in good condition
-plastic lids and containers, vegetable/fruit trays, etc.
-yarn, ribbons, buttons, beads
-pencils, pens, sharpeners
-school notebooks… new or barely used
-zip lock freezer bags… new or in good condition
-pool noodles… in good condition
Drop offs can be made at the Livro Aberto library in Jardim dos Professores 7:00-18:00 Mon.-Sat. or 12:00-18:00 on Sunday
Or… sms and we'll call back to get directions and then pick it up! +258 844689047 (Rosana, LA Office), +258 844128571 (Mindy)