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Augusto Portugal - Mozambique

Augusto stepped on a landmine and lost his left leg above the knee in 1987 while he was walking to his village after working in the rice fields. He was only 35 years old at the time of the accident with a family to support.

Augusto met an LSN Outreach Worker in August 2001. Though a skilled carpenter, he lacked materials. With peer support provided by the Outreach Worker, Augusto decided that he wanted to continue in his trade as a carpenter. LSN provided him with equipment and materials such as saws, a measuring tape, levelers and planks of wood.

Augusto makes doors, chairs, tables and other furniture and his son takes the finished products to the market to sell. He is now able to support his ten children and two wives as well as save money to purchase more wood. He also hopes to save enough money to purchase an official carpentry license from the government. LSN’s Outreach Worker continues to visit Augusto to encourage him in his efforts and is particularly impressed with his hard work and determination. As a father, Augusto has found joy in being able to teach his son carpentry skills.

During a recent visit, Augusto became very emotional about LSN because he is so grateful. He offers to LSN a gift of great value from he and his family – a chicken – to show his deep appreciation.

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