Emilia’s day begins early, helping her mother with the household chores, which include cleaning the house and going to collect water so the family can wash. Once she has finished, Emilia puts on her back-pack and sets off for school, the Nuestra Señora de Fátima school.
On the way to school, some of Emilia’s companions have to cross mountains of rubble and rubbish, but they are already used to it and do not give too much importance to the misery that surrounds them because they have only one objective in mind: to learn and have fun with their friends.
Emilia shares her enthusiasm for school with her friend Ana Bernarda Enoque, aged 12, whose family came to Luanda in 2000 fleeing from the Civil War which particularly affected the rural environment, where there are still many anti-personnel mines buried. Emilia y Ana usually dream aloud: they imagine a future in which they have a real house, made of brick, and where they will have the same rights as their male companions in their class.
Once classes are over, Emilia, Ana and their friends amuse themselves on the way home: playing football or with toys made from tins and sticks, running from side to side, etc. Children do not stop being children, even if they do not live in the best environment for growing up; in fact, until recently, Angola was considered to be one of the most difficult countries for childhood. In 2015, 167 deaths of children under the age of 5 were registered in Angola for every thousand births.
Emilia and Ana amuse themselves hiding among the huge concrete jungles under construction in their neighbourhood. They sit down and share confidences, they hide among the blocks of cement and play at imagining that one of those properties is their home and that, through school, education and ProFuturo, their dream has come true.