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Faces of Mozambique

Hunger and HIV Becomes a Near-Lethal Combination in Mozambique

Until you have watched your child die …Until you have lived in a one-room house, sharing a single latrine with four other families …Until your children’s father dies, and you struggle to feed them by selling candy and matchbooks on the street …You can’t understand what Gilda has gone through.Gilda […]

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COVID-19 International Relief Projects

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses at different rates through every country around the globe, Esperança is responding to the unique needs that arise in each of our partner communities. Today, we would like to share an update on the different pandemic response programs taking place in each of our partner […]

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International Day of Families is May 15th – here’s how you can observe

Submitted by: Jazmin Hernandez, Community Health Educator The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year. The United Nations recognizes the family as the basic “unit” of society, although families all over the world have transformed greatly over the past decades in terms of their […]

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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

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

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

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

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

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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