Mugeba Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.

Activities

12 young women learned how to make clay pots—a valuable skill that can help them earn a living as adults. Children now have better access to nutritious milk and meat; as a result of animal husbandry programs, the number of cattle in the community increased from 20 to 148, pigs from 161 to 1,288, and goats from 61 to 617. 36 people learned how to preserve and store perishable food such as fruit and tomatoes so they can provide a greater variety of nutritious food for their children. 44 families were able to grow carrots, cabbage, green beans, and tomatoes year-round after installing small-scale irrigation systems. The Mugeba area is now one of the largest suppliers of vegetables in the region. Mobile health brigades we trained immunized 15,355 children and provided them with Vitamin A to protect against blindness, disease, and premature death. Nine Caravans of Hope were organized and equipped to speak out against stigma and discrimination and to encourage people living with HIV or AIDS to seek life-saving antiretroviral therapy, which can stop HIV from progressing and protect against opportunistic infections such as tuberculosis and pneumonia. Nearly 30,000 people attended health education sessions on the importance of proper nutrition. 65 mothers learned how to prepare enriched porridge to improve the nutritional status of orphans and vulnerable children and people living with HIV or AIDS. 19,500 people gained access to clean water from four new borehole wells and 65 rehabilitated borehole wells. Students are benefiting from a better learning environment in five new, fully furnished classrooms. The number of students who dropped out of school decreased from 64 in 2013 to 37 in 2014 due to the efforts of a local advocacy group trained by World Vision. The group worked with parents to stop child labor and other harmful practices that can keep children from finishing school. 100 teachers were trained in improved teaching methods to help increase the number of children who complete primary school. All schools in the Mugeba area were equipped with soccer balls to provide children with fun, positive activities for their free time. Around 3,500 people marched to protest the sale of alcohol to minors and discourage young people from frequenting nightclubs. The march, which was organized by the World Vision-supported children’s parliament and local advocacy groups, led the local government to take reports of these illegal activities more seriously. 50 members of the children's parliament visited local schools to raise awareness of child protection laws and encourage people to improve their behavior toward children.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Disability|Advocacy|

Locations

  • Mozambique>Zambezia

Sectors

  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Health
  • Protection
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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