As a former physician practicing in a busy maternity ward in a hospital in Africa, Gloria Ekpo has seen the devastation of HIV and AIDS up close. But she’s also seen progress. Learn how World Vision is working to leave no young woman behind and empower them toward an AIDS-free generation!
Why World Vision is in Mozambique
In September 2015, Mozambique was officially declared to be free of 171,000 landmines that were left over from decades of war. Eliminating the landmines has helped Mozambique’s farmers cultivate crops and graze livestock safely and has given investors access to more natural resources. Both of these improvements are essential in a country with a poverty rate of over 50%. World Vision spent last year increasing food production in Mozambique. Agriculture associations were created to help farmers collaborate on buying seeds and marketing their crops. Goat rearing and fish farming were introduced as new ways for families to increase food supplies and earn income. Addressing water and sanitation concerns also continued in 2015, because a third of the population lacks access to safe water and almost half the population needs better sanitation. New wells and water systems helped reduced children´s vulnerability to waterborne illnesses such as diarrhea and cholera.
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.
- We empowered communities to form savings groups to help members increase their income and provide for their children’s essential needs, such as school and medical expenses. We also trained savings group members on financial planning.
- We collaborated with local partners to provide youth with vocational training in carpentry, blacksmithing, and accounting so they could support themselves and their families. We also taught communities about the importance of birth certificates to secure access to healthcare, education, and child protection.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- We collaborated with community-based organizations, health departments, and volunteers to conduct vaccination campaigns and raise awareness on malaria prevention. We also increased healthcare services to remote villages by using bicycle ambulances to transport patients in places where roads are impassable for cars.
- To reduce malnutrition rates, we collaborated with local health partners to teach new mothers about healthy nutrition for infants and children, including exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and cooking a variety of nutrient-rich foods for toddlers.
- To increase access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, we constructed latrines, drilled borehole wells, and trained water management committees to maintain these facilities.
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.
- Together with school management committees, we raised awareness among parents on how to support children’s literacy development by reading with boys and girls at home.
- To improve the quality of education, we trained primary school teachers to help their students succeed at reading and equipped schools with books and furniture.
Love of God and Neighbors
Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.
- Through our program called Channels of Hope HIV and AIDS, local faith leaders and their congregations worked to break down the stigma surrounding the illness and provide community responses to children and adults who are affected. Channels of Hope is our curriculum that relies on Christian teachings to help community members address social problems.
Prayer Requests from Mozambique
World Vision's staff in Mozambique are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Families struggling to feed their children.
Girls whose education is suspended by early marriage.
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