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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 equipped children's clubs to raise awareness among local leaders about child rights, such as the importance of education for girls and the dangers of early marriage.
- Men and women learned how savings groups can help them increase their income and provide for their children’s essential needs, such as school and medical expenses.
- 721 child survivors of abuse and their parents received counseling to help them recover and heal.
- 951 faith leaders and mentors were equipped to help prevent child abuse and exploitation.
- 1,492 legal advisers were trained to assist and advocate for child survivors of abuse and exploitation.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Nutrition programs were held in local communities to teach caregivers how to determine if a child is malnourished and how to prepare meals with nutritious local ingredients.
- We improved access to clean water and sanitation by drilling borehole wells and building sanitary latrines in communities.
- We empowered communities to better their health and well-being with life-saving clean water, as well as safe sanitation and hygiene to prevent water-related illness.
- We installed new wells and water points, rehabilitated existing wells, and built sanitation and handwashing facilities.
- We improved the well-being of children by integrating HIV and AIDS activities with malaria, health, agri-business, and water, sanitation and hygiene efforts. The number of people sleeping under a bed net increased by 37 percent, people tested for HIV increased by 34 percent, and more people were using and were happy with health services.
- We work with Global Fund on Mozambique Malaria Round 9, which covers 20 million people with malaria education, prevention and treatment support. Over 7.4 million nets have been distributed.
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 rates, we supported the opening of new reading centers and encouraged parents to read to their children at home.
- We improved the quality of education by updating teachers on effective ways to teach reading and writing to primary school students.
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 a 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 a 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:
More sanitary latrines to be built in schools and communities, improving health for children and their families.
Additional savings groups to help farmers increase their financial resilience during times of disaster in this flood-prone country.
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