A Little Gesture
A Little Gesture, A Great Help (ALG) supports children affected by HIV & AIDS in Gaza Province, Mozambique, where the HIV prevalence rate is 25%. With Egmont’s support, ALG will provide vital support for 50 children at the Santa Luisa Marillac School, where 75% of the pupils have lost either one or both of their parents to AIDS related illnesses. ALG will cover the cost of the children’s school fees and also provide them with daily nutritional support.
ALG will also offer direct medical support for children infected with HIV or other opportunistic diseases, such as TB or cholera. When they are too sick to attend school, the children will be cared for at ALG’s day-care centre, enabling the children’s carers to continue to work during the day, and earn an income to support their families. ALG offers children additional tutoring after school to help them catch up with missed school-work, and runs courses in arts, crafts and agriculture, starting to equip young people with vocational skills for future employment.
Associacao Missao Moçambique (MIMO)
When the AIDS epidemic struck in the early 1990s, Mozambique was just emerging from a civil war spanning nearly three decades. As a result, the country was hit particularly hard by the AIDS epidemic and today remains one of the world’s poorest and most under-developed nations, with few resources to care for the 510,000 children orphaned.
In Katembe, a poor rural area outside the capital of Maputo, Associacao Missao Moçambique (MIMO) runs a centre caring for some of the children orphaned by the disease who have no extended family network able to provide for them. In addition to ensuring that the children are fed, clothed, sheltered and provided with an education, MIMO promotes an environment where each child receives the same one-to-one attention that they would as part of a family.
Meninos de Moçambique
There are an estimated 510,000 children orphaned as a result of AIDS in Mozambique. Many have no choice but try to survive on their own and head to Maputo, the capital, to live on the streets. Often, without any formal schooling, they are forced to turn to stealing or transactional sex - putting them at high risk of HIV infection.
Meninos works to rehabilitate Maputo's street children, reintegrate them with their families and tries to reach vulnerable children before they end up on the streets. Staff build trusting relationships with the children and, when children are ready, seek to reunite them with their families, if appropriate. Meninos also assists families with nutritional support and school fees and materials, or provides vocational training for older children.
Chokwé District, in rural Mozambique, is one of the country's hardest hit areas, with an HIV prevalence rate of 25%. The AIDS death toll, combined with the pressure on working age men to journey to the mines of South Africa (to ‘mine and die’ as the locals say), means that over half the population is under 20 years old. Often it falls to grandparents to care for orphans and vulnerable children.
Vukoxa helps support grandparents within these communities to establish small-scale agricultural projects. They also provide nutritional support to vulnerable children and people who are HIV+, and promote voluntary testing. As a result families have enough food to eat and better incomes from the sale of their grown produce, and the vulnerable children in their care are able to attend school. There has also been an increased demand for voluntary testing and counselling services, evidence of a changing attitude towards HIV & AIDS.