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Snapshot of Cape Verde – Cape Verde (or Cabo Verde) is a former colony of Portugal. The country’s official language is Portuguese, however, most of the population speaks Cape Verdean Creole, a mix of Portuguese and West African languages. The island nation boasts a high literacy rate and economic stability. As a result of Portuguese colonization, nearly 80% of the population is Roman Catholic, though other Protestant churches and religious groups are present in smaller numbers. The creole culture of Cabo Verde derives its influences from Portuguese and West African traditions. Soccer games, church activities, and meeting with people at the town square (praça) are common activities. Cabo Verde also has its own unique musical styles – morna, coladeira and funaná are all popular styles of music and dance. Much like other Portuguese-speaking nations, lunch is the main meal of the day in Cabo Verde. The national dish is called cachupa, which is a stew made out of meat and vegetables, beans, and hominy (dried corn kernels). Rice, beans, and fish are also eaten regularly, and corn is used to make many food items.
Missionary work began in Cape Verde in 1988, which resulted in the forming of a branch a short time later.*
There are currently 9,326 members in total.* Almost 1/6 of the population of Cape Verde are Latter Day Saints.
There are 23 congregations in the country.*
*These stats can be found at mormonnewsroom.org
Staple foods in Cape Verde are mostly fish, corn, and rice. Vegetables like onions, tomatoes, manioc, cabbage, and kale are grown locally. Bananas and papayas are available year-round as well. Mangoes and avocados are seasonal.
Because Cape Verde is a series of Islands, most of the transportation is done by plane. Boats are available, too, though they are not as frequent, nor as reliable in some cases. In the major cities, public bus transport runs periodically.
The US Government has advised tourists to be extremely vigilant in the evenings, to carry small flashlights, avoid dark places, always travel with others, and lock all windows and doors.
Keeping the mission rules and following the counsel from the apostles and prophets in the White Handbook will keep you protected and safe!
Social activities for locals mostly include watching football (soccer) and church activities. Most social interaction happens in the town squares. And in towns with electricity, Television is available in two channels: Portuguese and Cape Verdean.
Contacting your Missionary:
The US Postal Service does send mail to Cape Verde, though mail does take quite a while to travel to Africa.
Caixa Postal 420
Ilha de Santiago