Client(s): PEPFAR, USAID/Mozambique
Services: Capacity Building, Technical Assistance
Expertise: Life Skills Training, Microfinance and Livelihoods Development, Youth, Early Childhood Development, Girls' and Women's Education, HIV and AIDS
Home to approximately 27 million people, Mozambique is among the countries most affected by the HIV epidemic. Today, approximately 10.6% of people aged 15 – 49 years old are living with HIV in the country. Compounding this situation, more than half the population (54.7%) is living in poverty and the country ranks near the bottom (178 out of 187) of the United Nations Human Development Index 2014 ranking due to low life expectancy (at 50 years), low standards of living factors and poor access to knowledge.
In this context, there are an estimated 1.8 million orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) who are made vulnerable due to their lack of access to quality education, health care, food, shelter, psychosocial support and exposure to child labor, human trafficking, sexual abuse and exploitation, and violence.
World Education/Bantwana Initiative is implementing Força à Comunidade e Crianças Project (FCC) (Child and Community Strengthening). Under this five-year (2015-2020) agreement, the Bantwana Initiative will work across nine districts in Mozambique’s Manica, Sofala, and Zambézia provinces to reach approximately 72,000 vulnerable children and adolescents and their caregivers. The program will use schools and communities as platforms to provide information and strategies related to child protection, early childhood education and broader parenting education and support, health and nutrition, psychosocial support, adolescent and reproductive health, entrepreneurship and life skills, economic strengthening support and cross-cutting gender and gender-based violence prevention interventions.
In partnership with the Government of Mozambique and a range of local implementing partners, Bantwana will draw upon its tested care and support models in the region, using both schools and communities as a platform for service delivery.