Give Girls a Future

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. 


This September, we're launching the #IStandForGirls campaign to raise funds and awareness so that we can send 100 deserving girls to school in Mozambique. Not only will the girls be enrolled in school, but they will be given uniforms, all school supplies, their transportation will be covered, and there will be special programs for these girls. They will partake in empowerment workshops, extracurricular activities, and have access to after-school tutoring and counseling. We will care for these girls holistically to make sure that they are set up for success!



In 2016, we launched the #FeedMozambique campaign and raised over $7,000 to help with the food crisis. The funds were used for nutrition and food programs primarily for at-risk children. We held a nutrition and HIV prevention training for over 20 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. Over 20 babies were given 3 months worth of baby 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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Kurandza's first project was the women's sewing cooperative. This project 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. 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.


Small business development is important to the overall economic development and empowerment of this community. 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.

Our Country Director, Percina, shares the business expertise she's learned working with Kurandza with the family who runs this store.