One of the main goals of my French friend Marie Hélène who has come all the way from France (close to the Swiss and German border) was to get to meet the girl she has decided to "help", so soon after having handed out the presents to the children who came to the ADEC headquarters we headed towards Manguinho, where she lives.
She was naturally nervous, but determined not to let her limited knowledge of the Portuguese Language interfere in this "process" ... As we walked along the cobble stoned streets heading towards the port, the village people kept on looking at her and even talking to her in creole believing she might be one of them, because of the colour of her skin.
A group of village dwellers and children followed us to the house, expecting to find out what was exactly going on. Joceline, her parents, little boy and Ivanilda Elena (her younger sister) were all waiting for us and prior to handing her out the presents we sat around in the living room talking.
Marquinho's family forgot to bring him around to get the clothes and presents sent by Salomé, but having his sister Ludmila in my English classes we arranged for him to come around the following Monday morning to collect them.The photos I took of him need no further explanations ... he was thrilled with both the presents and his "godmother's" photo.