Ending Hunger In Mozambique
Donate to end hunger in Mozambique
Despite recent political stability, low literacy and high poverty rates continue to threaten Mozambique’s development.
With 46% of its population living below the international poverty line of $1.25 a day, poverty remains widespread in the country, dependent primarily on subsistence agriculture. Around 15% of children five years old and younger are malnourished, with the average life expectancy at birth at just 53 years.
Located on the coast of Southern Africa, and bordered by Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland, Mozambique is a country with a population of 25.9 million. After five centuries of Portuguese colonization, Mozambique gained its independence in 1975. However, it was not until 1992 that the country experienced political stability.
Donate to The Hunger Project’s work in Mozambique
In Africa, The Hunger Project works to build sustainable community-based programs using the Epicentre Strategy. An epicentre is a dynamic centre of community mobilisation and action, as well as an actual facility built by community members. Through the Epicentre Strategy 15,000-25,000 people are brought together as a cluster of rural villages — giving villages more clout with local government than a single village is likely to have and increasing a community’s ability to collective utilise resources. The epicentre building serves as a focal point where the motivation, energies and leadership of the people converge with the resources of local government and non-governmental organisations. Over an eight-year period, an epicentre addresses hunger and poverty and moves along a path toward sustainable self-reliance, at which point it is able to fund its own activities and no longer requires financial investment from The Hunger Project.
Mozambique has three epicentres. Together, these epicentres serve a total population of 40,884 partners in 9 villages. There are, on average, six female committee members and six male committee members per epicentre.
Donating to The Hunger Project can help end hunger in Mozambique
The Hunger Project has been working in Mozambique since 2006 and is currently empowering community partners in three epicentre areas to end their own hunger and poverty. Through its integrated approach to rural development, the Epicentre Strategy, The Hunger Project is working with community partners to successfully access the basic services needed to lead lives of self-reliance and achieve internationally agreed-upon markers of success, such as the Sustainable Development Goals.
When you donate to end hunger in Mozambique your investment in people’s potential will have a ripple effect that goes beyond one individual. You will not just be donating to one community, you will be donating to end the hunger of thousands of people across Mozambique and greater Africa. We strive to create the highest level of leverage possible for the communities we partner with so they themselves are enabled to lift themselves out of hunger.
Recent Successes in Mozambique
In 2018, the Chokwe Epicenter was able to achieve independence and was officially confirmed as such in mid-2019. With the help of this project a total of 13,366 people could be reached. The Hunger Project Switzerland provided collected contributions in the amount of 119’143 CHF in 2018. In 2019, an additional 20’112 CHF were transferred for the celebrations and activities after the Chokwe Epicenter became independent.
The independence of the Chokwe Epicenter at a glance: The achieved score in the independence test was 85.24 of the required 80 points.
- 81% of small farmers use improved farm management practices
- 54% of children under 5 sleep under a mosquito net
- 84% of community members use at least one simple source of drinking water
- 78% of households have at least one household member who can read and write
- 76% of community members know their HIV/AIDS status
- 88% of individuals consult a health care professional or go to a clinic for a check-up
- Score on the Women’s Empowerment Index (WEI): 57.68 out of 100 possible points
- 100% of women receive antenatal care
- 94% of births are attended by licensed nursing staff
- 93% of women are examined at least four times by licensed nurses before giving birth