Mozambique

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Mozambique Girl in Mozambique

Overview

Nearly five centuries of Portuguese rule ended in 1975 for the southeastern African country of Mozambique, once one of the world’s poorest countries. More than 1 million people in this coastal country have HIV or AIDS, and 58 percent of them women.

At nearly 104 deaths per 1,000 live births, the infant mortality rate here is one of the highest in the world. Almost 15 percent of infants die before reaching their first birthday and 25 percent before age 5.

ChildFund has served children in Mozambique since 2005.

A Child’s First Years

To help give infants in Mozambique a fighting chance at life, ChildFund educates mothers about pre- and postnatal care. We also work to closely monitor child growth and to provide immunizations, which are too often in short supply. Because pregnant mothers and small children are at greatest risk for malaria, community health volunteers work to raise awareness about preventing the disease, and also distribute treated bed nets to protect children and families from malaria-carrying mosquitoes.

To fight against malnutrition, our work also includes providing training on nutrition and food security techniques.

Education

In many schools in Mozambique, class size can reach up to 90 students. There are no desks, so students sit on dirt floors or rough logs. Sometimes, there are no bathrooms or even latrines. Teachers have little or no formal education. And in many cases, girls do not have access to education at all.

ChildFund has set up parent-teacher councils to help educate entire communities about the value of education. In addition to rehabilitating and even building schools, ChildFund provides chairs, desks, blackboards and basic reference texts as well as supplies and sports equipment for cultural groups and sports groups. Children engaging in gardening programs provide produce for school lunches and snacks, and in some schools children are even able to sell surplus produce to help provide books and supplies for those most in need.

Youth

ChildFund works with youth to ensure they have the marketable and life skills they need to make a successful transition into the work force. In one program, we train youth as trainers themselves, and they impart their knowledge to other young people. When provided with training and material for producing mats, carpets and baskets, they are equipped for employment or to create their own entrepreneurial opportunities.

To support young people at risk for low academic achievement, especially orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV or AIDS, ChildFund trains youth as tutors who provide academic support and mentoring for younger children throughout the school years.

Training programs in healthy living, including reproductive health, educate young individuals about making decisions that are most likely to preserve their potential and opportunities.

Accountability

ChildFund International has earned high ratings from Charity Navigator, the American Institute of Philanthropy and Charities Review Council.

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