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Mozambique -The reality that led us there.
In Mozambican villages, 1 million people suffer from hunger and consume contaminated water. Most of them are orphan children of parents died from HIV and malaria. They work in exchange for a plate of food and they do not go to school.
People get to stay up to three days without any meals and they walk miles to get 20 liters of non-potable water. There are areas where it has not rained regularly for 14 years. In the midst of so much need, we are working together to shelter and change this reality.
Dance and music are strong expressions of African culture. In the community centers, we encourage art as a source of joy for life. Children and young people form groups, rehearse choreographies, sing and perform, spreading their joy to everyone in moments of welcoming and celebration.
The first children who came to the project are teenagers today and they continue being sheltered by FWB.
The sponsors give them the opportunity to continue their studies -In the villages, they have the chance to study only up to 6th grade. Young people receive assistance for transportation to the city, School enrollment and school supplies. Especiosa Marge is one of the first sheltered children and today she is a student at the University.
Many elderly people from the Mozambican live alone and have locomotion difficulty. We support, build new houses for them and young people, welcomed by FWB, bring food to the grandpas and grandmas who can not walk.
The access to water allowed the beginning of the agro-ecological production, aiming food self-sufficiency of the project. At the sheltering center of Muzumuia, the sustainable cultivation practice, in the pilot phase, already gives the first fruits and the harvest goes to the children's feed. Young people, children of farmers, learn to produce by taking advantage of natural resources, and children participate in environmental education activities.
Fraternity Without Borders organizes humanitarian missions of sponsors of the cause, who pay for their own expenses and go to Mozambique, in Africa, to know the humanitarian work. They are doctors, dentists, educators, artists, self-employed professionals – volunteers who gather together to know the reality and help in sheltering families.
We maintain 24 sheltering centers in the villages of Mozambique located within an area of 700 kilometers, going from Barragem, near Maputo, to Chicualacuala on the border with Zimbabwe.
In Muzumuia village, we implement the model structure for the community centers. There is kitchen, classrooms, bathrooms, bakery, rooms for vocational courses.
The goal is to use the same structure at all the community centers. In some units, we still need kitchens, bathrooms, and rooms, to provide suitable conditions for workers and better conditions for workers and to shelter the children.
At the model unit, in Muzumuia, pilot projects are developed with the possibility of being extended to the other community centers.
Among the pilot actions, from volunteer initiative, there are flute classes, capoeira classes, and distance learning.