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After our first #IStandForGirls Campaign in 2017, we launched a girls education program with the goal of empowering and equipping girls with skills and knowledge that will help them lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Our amazing community provides scholarships to over 100 girls in Mozambique, and all are enrolled in our holistic education program where our trained educators teach about self-esteem, health, and leadership, they participate in extracurricular activities like sports and art, and have access to after-school tutoring. 

 
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In rural Mozambique, graduation from High School, let alone elementary school is a far away dream for many young girls. With school fees, transportation costs, and other school-related expenses for uniforms, backpacks, and books, the majority of parents are unable to keep their girls in school. Many girls drop out and their only option is to get married. 

 
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  •  We have enrolled over 100 girls in school...
  •  ...and we have enrolled 5 boys (boys matter too!) in school
  •  We have employed 10 people through our education program
  •  We have taught over 32 health workshops
  •  We have provided over 100 hours of after-school tutoring to our students
  •  We have provided backpacks and school supplies to 105 students
 
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One of our three partner schools in Mozambique is a private pre-school that was developed in order to provide education to vulnerable and orphaned children. The school has been unable to continue providing education for free to the vulnerable and orphaned children, so we decided to partner with them and our community is sponsoring the most needy of all. Some of the children were abandoned or have mental disabilities, but since they've been at the pre-school, their behavior has improved tremendously.

 
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Our partner pre-school is making a huge difference in the lives of children in Mozambique, and we want to support this school and help it increase the amazing work it's doing! The school needs help with construction, school supplies, and sponsorship, and because we've seen the difference studying at this school has had on the children, we've decided to help fund it.

 
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  •  We've built a "naptime" dormitory for the children so that they have a designated space for naps
  •  We're sponsoring 12 of the most vulnerable children so that they, too, can have access to education
  •  We put fresh new paint on the classrooms and stage so that the school is up to government standards
 
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In 2016, we launched the #FeedMozambique campaign to fundraise to help with the food crisis. The funds were used for nutrition and food security programs primarily for at-risk children and HIV-positive mothers. We held nutrition and HIV prevention trainings for HIV+ mothers who were continuing to nurse their babies past the recommended timeframe because of a lack of food to feed them. Mothers who chose to stop nursing were enrolled in our nutrition program in partnership with the local hospital and were given three month's worth of baby food to supplement their diet while they learn to eat regular food with the rest of the family. Malnourished children in the area were also admitted into the nutrition program and given food. Outstanding women leaders in the community were given food aid: cornflour, cooking oil, and beans, to last the month. Toothpaste and soap were also distributed in the community. Lastly, small home gardens were promoted and seeds were distributed to help community members have a food source near their home that they can water with good water and that isn't dependent on rainwater.

 
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The villages where we work in Mozambique are rural communities that rely on subsistence farming for their livelihoods. These communities rely on the crops that they grow on their farms, and they rely on the rain to water their crops. Because of climate change, Mozambique has been enduring the switching off of years of floods with years of droughts. In 2016, it was the second year of a drought and by the summer of 2016, famine had hit. No crops were being produced, and villagers who don't have income to purchase food in the nearby cities were forced to sell their livestock and belongings to purchase what they could to eat. Because of supply and demand, the markets increased the prices exponentially of staples such as cornflour and rice, and this resulted in several villagers going hungry.

 
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  •  Trained over 20 HIV+ mothers on nutrition and prevention of mother-to-child-transmission
  •  Distributed humanitarian food assistance to over 35 families in the village
  •  Provided 3 months of baby food to over 20 at-risk and malnourished babies
  •  Promoted small home gardens and distributed seeds so families could have a food source nearby
 
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Kurandza's first project was the women's sewing cooperative. A group of women was trained in health education, financial management, entrepreneurship, and how to sew. For the first time in their lives, they were given the opportunity to work and earn their own way so that they could take care of themselves and support their families. What started out as a way to earn enough money to pay for transportation to the hospital, has turned into something much greater than we could have imagined. These amazing women have used their earnings to improve their homes, buy livestock, send their children to school, participate in community savings clubs, and purchase food during the drought. They have become leaders in their community, teaching other community members about health education and how to start their own businesses, too.

We are so grateful to have had a generous donor fund our first small business project: a convenience store. The store is the first of its kind in the area. Not only does the store provide a steady income for the family who runs it, but it also creates local commerce and saves the community members time and money they used to spend traveling long distances to the nearest city to buy groceries and household items. Percina taught the family about financial management and how to run a business when they started, so that she could pass her knowledge on to fellow community members.

 
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In Mozambique, there is an extremely high unemployment rate and very little access to conventional jobs. Entrepreneurship creates opportunities, and that's why we chose to focus on small business development, whcih is important to the overall economic development and empowerment of this community.

The sewing cooperative project in particular was created out of the need for HIV-positive women to earn an income so they could pay for transportation to reach the hospital every month and pick-up their medication.

 
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  •  Started a sewing cooperative for HIV positive women
  •  12+ HIV+ women were able to pay for transportation to the hospital every month and stay on treatment
  •  Built a convenience store for a family in one of the rural communities
  •  Taught entrepreneurship and business skills training to 17 individuals in the community
  •  Created sustainable jobs for 11 community members
  •  Distributed bicycles to 9 of the sewing cooperative staff
 
 

 
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