Despite recent political stability, low literacy and high poverty rates continue to threaten Mozambique’s development.
With 46% of its population living below the international poverty line of $1.25 a day, poverty remains widespread in the country, dependent primarily of subsistence agriculture. Around 15% of children five years old and younger are malnourished the average life expectancy at birth is just 53 years.
Located on the coast of Southern Africa, and bordered by Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland, Mozambique is a country with a population of 25.9 million. After five centuries of Portuguese colonization, Mozambique gained its independence in 1975. However, it was not until 1992 that the country experienced political stability.
In 2015/16, the biggest challenge for the Hunger Project in Mozambique was the drought caused by El Niño. In southern Africa, people experienced the worst drought in 35 years. People in rural areas who depend on agriculture were particularly affected.
Thanks to your support of our epicenter strategy we have already achieved a lot in Mozambique!
Mariarosa shows us how she makes bricks. She mixes the sandy soil with the cement and adds water. The she fills the mold with the mixture. The content of the mold will be dried in the sun for a few days. The final bricks will be sold for CHF 1.80 each.
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"For me, the Hunger Project means a continuous opportunity to feel and express the solidarity and partnership with the people who live in extreme poverty in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Over the years, huge potential has been released in me and my partners in the affected countries – resulting in sustainable improvements in the quality of life for all."
Dr. iur. Daniel Heini, board member, has been supporting THP for more than 20 years