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Why World Vision is in Mozambique
Mozambique is a poor nation; it ranks 180 out of 188 countries on the Human Development Index, a system used by the U.N. to measure social and economic health. In 2019, after three years of drought and crop failures, two cyclones killed over 1,000 people in Mozambique and destroyed 50,000 homes. As floodwaters lingered, waterborne illnesses like cholera began to spread. Nearly 3 million people are in a state of food crisis in Mozambique, with thousands of displaced children left vulnerable to violence and sexual exploitation. Thanks to the generosity of donors, in 2019 World Vision partnered with USAID, the U.N., and others to reach around 467,000 people in Mozambique with immediate and critical aid like food, water, medicine, and sanitation. Families whose farms were destroyed are being equipped with livestock and the training needed to make new livelihoods. World Vision’s Channels of Hope and Celebrating Families programs are teaching child rights advocacy to local leaders and healthy parenting skills to caregivers. Parents, teachers, and faith leaders are gaining the tools to protect children from abuse and exploitation.
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:
For communities in Mozambique to continue their recovery from the cyclones.
For the reconstruction of schools.
For communities in the Gaza province, where malnourishment is most prevalent.
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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