For the past two years, Sam, who’s 11, and his eight-year-old sister, Amelia, have been living in one of the world’s poorest countries. They came home to Sydney on September 18 and say living in Mozambique opened their eyes to the many opportunities in Australia.

We have been living in a group home for 300 kids near Mozambique’s capital city, Maputo.

There are different reasons why kids are living there. Some are too poor to live anywhere else. Others are there for an education. And then there are some whose parents are very sick, and some who have no parents.

Amelia with Francisco on the front steps of the orphanage where Sam and Amelia lived for two years in Mozambique.

Amelia with Francisco on the front steps of the orphanage where Sam and Amelia lived for two years in Mozambique.

So poor, so hungry

Mozambique is one of the world’s poorest countries.

Many people suffer from hunger because they can’t afford to buy food. Sometimes when children come to the centre, they are starving.

Sometimes the children are also very sick. In Australia, diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis or malaria are treatable. But because the people in Mozambique are so poor, they can’t afford medicine.

Sam Grindley, right, and Amancio at the orphanage where Sam and Amelia lived for two years.

Sam, right, and Amancio at the orphanage where Sam and Amelia lived for two years.

We gave them love

Some of the kids in the centre have lost their parents to these kinds of diseases.

And there are some kids who don’t have parents who love them. They might have been abandoned or abused. If it’s not safe for them to stay at the family’s home, they come to the centre.

We lived with them so that we could help them. We kept them safe, we gave them good food, an education, health care and, most importantly, we gave them all love.

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