Bantwana Mourns the Loss of Teresa Mendoza

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Teresa Mendoza, the chief of party for Bantwana’s Teresa MendozaForça a Comunidade e Crianças (FCC) – Child and Community Strengthening Project in Mozambique.

Teresa contracted cerebral malaria and died suddenly on January 13, 2016. Her death is a huge shock for our team in-country in Mozambique and for our Boston-based colleagues.

Teresa originally hailed from Bolivia, but had worked for more than 12 years in Mozambique. She had an easy-going personality and was widely respected and loved by both colleagues and friends. Her approach to development, in depth experience of the HIV sector, and sensitivity to working closely with local government and communities was much valued and more than 100 people attended a leaving ceremony for her in Chimoio last week. She is missed.