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Why World Vision is in Mozambique
Political tensions between the Mozambican government and the country’s main opposition group eased in 2018. The two sides agreed to end hostilities and come to a peaceful resolution of their differences. After years of growth Mozambique’s economy has been experiencing a steep decline, as the country reels from corruption allegations involving high profile individuals from within and outside the government. Other challenges remain for Mozambicans. More than 800,000 people didn’t have enough food to eat or seeds to plant for next year’s harvest. As well, this year, radical religious groups carried out violent attacks in northern mining regions. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, over 6 million Mozambicans were supported in 2018. Thousands of people now have access to clean water, which helps keep them free from diseases. Millions of people received treated bed nets to protect them from mosquitoes carrying malaria. Children were supported with daily meals to help them stay in school and focus on their studies. After-school reading camps gave kids a place to boost their literacy skills. In particular, girls received support and awareness to end gender-based violence, and more than a thousand vulnerable young women received sewing machines so they could start their own small businesses. More community members learned how to manage their finances to help their businesses thrive. Through advocacy to protect vulnerable children, we helped a bill go before the government that would criminalize child marriage. People were empowered to make lasting changes in their communities by learning how to advocate for themselves to the government.
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
Progress in Mozambique
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.
Child Protection and Care
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
- More children live in communities that protects their rights. School council members and community leaders learned about the harmful effects of child marriage. Now more girls can continue their studies because they can delay marriage.
- Community leaders participated in training on child rights and the importance of education for their children. Now parents are learning to advocate for their children's right to a quality education.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Mothers and caregivers learned about better nutritional practices, including how to prepare nutrition meals and protect their children from diseases that can result in malnutrition. Children who were malnourished received nutritional rehabilitation services.
- Community health workers counseled pregnant women and mothers of young children in pre-natal health and children's nutrition. As a result, more mothers visited a health center during their pregnancies, where they received services to prevent diseases and keep their babies healthy.
Education for Better Lives
Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.
- Since taking part in reading clubs, children's reading and comprehension skills are improving. Parents and teachers have also participated in trainings so they can better support literacy skills at home and at school.
Prayer Requests from Mozambique
World Vision's staff in Mozambique are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
God’s guidance for the leaders of Mozambique, including those who are caught in a government corruption scandal.
Peaceful resolution to the violence that’s threatening the northern region.
News from Mozambique
Catastrophic flooding from Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth affected close to 2.2 million people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. Idai and Kenneth were two of the top five worst storms to ever hit Mozambique. Together, they’ve caused an unprecedented amount of damage. World Vision staff are providing shelter, food, and clean water to families in need.
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