Almost 3 million people in Southeast Africa, including Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe, are affected by floods from Cyclone Idai. World Vision staff are rushing to provide shelter, food, and clean water to children and families in need.
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.
- Prosecutors, judges, community leaders, district government representatives, and faith leaders in Mozambique were trained on the Child Protection Incident Preparedness Plan. The training aimed to increase multi-sectoral coordination, strengthen mechanisms, and improve management of child protection incidents.
- Through a collaboration with the local government in Mozambique, barriers to birth registration were addressed and community awareness sessions were facilitated on the importance of birth registration. In addition, we supported local governments during birth registration and vaccination campaigns by providing logistics support and campaign materials.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Through training's and sessions with health committees in Mozambique, pregnant women and new mothers learned about attending prenatal visits and at health facilities, safe delivery practices, and how to practice timely exclusive breastfeeding.
- In Mozambique, diseases were prevented and hygiene was promoted by increasing access to clean and safe water through construction of new boreholes, installation of taps, and the rehabilitation of non-functioning borehole wells. Some communities have now reached full water coverage based on the national water policy.
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.
- To improve literacy skills in children in Mozambique, we adapted the Unlock Literacy model at the community level. We opened reading camps, distributed books to book banks, and developed new titles in local languages. Book banks are an essential part of the Unlock Literacy model, ensuring that communities have a variety of age and language appropriate reading materials available and produced locally.
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
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