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Sanitation is Only Step One For the Zimila Family

Sanitation is Only Step One For the Zimila Family

The household of Flora Agostinho Zimila has 8 members. Looking at this family’s living conditions a few months ago would surprise you… Esperança’s Community Health Activists witnessed some hard conditions upon their initial visit to Flora’s home. They did not have a “tarimba” (for lack of a Portuguese word to […]

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Earth Day 2020 – For People and Planet

Earth Day 2020 – For People and Planet

By Jazmin Hernandez, Community Health Educator The solar system reminds us that, just as the Earth is not at the center of the Universe, neither are we humans the center of the Earth. We, along with the rest of the natural world, are all interconnected within the larger web of […]

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Scorching Temperatures Devastate Crops in Mozambique

Scorching Temperatures Devastate Crops in Mozambique

According to the World Food Programme, 80% of the population of Mozambique cannot afford an adequate diet, causing 42.3% of children under five to be stunted in growth.  In fact, the country ranked 102 of 118 in the most recent Global Hunger Index.  This year has been especially difficult for […]

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The Esperança Model and Why it Works

The Esperança Model and Why it Works

By Jeri Royce, President & CEO Many of us feel called to “fix” the problems in the world, whether it be here in America or in another country. Starving children, homelessness, lack of clean water, and the list goes on and on. Fixing problems is a noble cause with good […]

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A Tale of Two Mothers

A Tale of Two Mothers

Gilda Gwambe and Filomena Valente had very different starts to life, but living in Maciene, Mozambique they shared similar, seemingly impassible, obstacles. Maciene is a village of little over 300 people, struggling for survival through increasingly desperate living conditions. “The vast majority of families live in thatched mud-reed houses and […]

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Mother & Son – Learning Together

Mother & Son – Learning Together

Maciene, Mozambique is largely run by women. An area scarce in economic resources, men often leave their families to find work in South Africa.  Ten hours to the west of Maciene, the men will send monthly remittances home to support their families. They visit twice per year, on Easter and […]

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World AIDS Day – Esperança’s Support in Mozambique

World AIDS Day – Esperança’s Support in Mozambique

World AIDS Day
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2017, approximately 36.9 million people worldwide were living with HIV – nearly 70% of them in Africa.  In addition, an estimated 940,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses and about 1.8 million people were newly infected with

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Learning from Example

Learning from Example

The people of Maciene were quite curious about the unusual running around by their communal farming area. At the plot belonging to the Mabumo family, there were three men constantly busy with pipes, wrenches, screwdrivers, and the like. Vovó Celestina, whose plot is right next to the thick of the

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To our Friends in Mozambique…Life Beyond HIV is Possible

To our Friends in Mozambique…Life Beyond HIV is Possible

It might seem like a death sentence — being diagnosed with HIV.
In Mozambique, 1 in 10 individuals are HIV-positive — but many hide it. Many cannot afford
treatment, and others refuse it because they’re afraid of being stigmatized.
But now, we have a way to embrace them … heal

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