Mozambique

Projects in Mozambique

Education

Since 1999 and under the guidance of the Mozambican Ministry of Education and Human Development, Peace Corps Mozambique has designed its Education Project with the purpose of ensuring that students benefit from an improved culture of learning and community service in their schools by participating in educational opportunities.

Peace Corps Volunteers accomplish this goal by (1) working with Mozambican teachers who provide effective and creative instruction to enhance student achievement; (2) making sure students in secondary school increase achievement and application of English, Science and Math and participate in educational opportunities; (3) ensuring that students in primary schools (grades 1-3) and community members increase their reading skills in Portuguese and improve their educational achievement.

Health

Through the collaboration with Mozambique’s Ministry of Health, National AIDS Council, international non- governmental organizations and community based organizations, the health program focuses on four goals: 1) HIV prevention and control, 2) adherence to HIV therapy and support for people living with HIV, 3) malaria prevention and control, and 4) organizational strengthening.

In fulfilling the goals, Volunteers work with groups and individuals to organize and implement activities that encourage healthy lifestyle decisions and provide support to orphans and vulnerable children. Volunteers are placed with non-governmental organizations primarily working on HIV/AIDS projects and they help build the capacity of these organizations to provide health and social services to their communities.

Let Girls Learn

Launched in March 2015, Let Girls Learn (LGL) is an initiative of the US government to ensure adolescents get the education they deserve by going and staying in school. In Mozambique, girls face physical, cultural, and financial barriers for them to have access to education. More girls enrolled in primary school drop out by the fifth grade, only a few continues to secondary level.

To address these challenges, Peace Corps Mozambique had been promoting girl’s education through life skills training, extracurricular and art-focused programs, and science and HIV prevention fairs. These projects are promoting gender equality and girl’s empowerment.

President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

Peace Corps Mozambique started implementing HIV/AIDS related activities in 2004. Volunteers are placed with community based organizations, faith based organizations and international non-governmental organizations that work in the prevention and mitigation of HIV and AIDS. Almost 250 Volunteers have been working alongside Mozambican counterparts to improve the quality of services offered to patients and other individuals in the HIV area. The strong relationship with the Mozambican Government recently has evolved to work directly with the Ministry of Health where Volunteers work to improve the link between the community and the Health National System.

Key activities focuses on: behavior change, healthy sexual and reproductive behaviors, HIV testing, ART adherence, Gender Based Violence prevention for community health and better life choices.

President's Malaria Initiative

As a member of the Stomp out Malaria in Africa Initiative, Peace Corps Mozambique has been actively finding innovated ideas and partnerships in the fight against malaria. In November 2014, Peace Corps Mozambique signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the telecommunications company Vodacom and their social responsibility department. This partnership allows Volunteers conducting Behavior Change Communication activities to be supplied with mosquito nets provided by Vodacom. Peace Corps Mozambique has also teamed up with the President’s Malaria Initiative and Abt Associates to use Geographic Information Systems to map out rural villages in northern Mozambique. Another significant partnership is with Grassroot Soccer, who has developed a malaria education curriculum involving different soccer drills and activities.