March 19, 2017
Bantwana officially launched the Força à Comunidade e às Crianças (Child and Community Strengthening Project) (FCC) Project on March 17, 2017, in Beira city, Sofala Province. The FCC Project aims to to reduce the socio-economic impact of HIV/AIDS on Orphaned & Vulnerable Children (OVC) and their caregivers by enhancing the capacity of families and communities to support, protect, and care for OVC and caregivers.
Seventy invited guests participated in the launch including, national, provincial and district level government officials; staff from WEI/B headquarters in Boston; local community leaders; public and private sector stakeholders; international and local implementing partners and project beneficiaries. Beneficiaries from Child Rights Clubs (CRCs) participated directly by presenting skits during the launch.
During the Provincial Governor representative’s speech, he assured participants that the Government in Sofala gives its full support to the FCC project. He specifically addressed representatives in the audience from both the the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Action and the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development, and asked them:
“Please inform the honourable ministers that the provincial government in Sofala will fully support the FCC project.”
The FCC Project is a five-year project made possible with support from the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). WEI/B, under FCC, works in collaboration with the Government of Mozambique, national and provincial level technical partners, and local implementing partners to address vulnerabilities of OVC and their families by drawing on and implementing tested, prevention, care and support models. FCC is being implemented in four Provinces (Manica, Sofala, Zambézia and Gaza) and 12 districts (Manica, Chimoio Gondola, Nhamatanda, Dondo, Beira, Nicodala, Namacura, Quelimane, Xai Xai city, Xai Xai district and Chokwe).
Within the FCC Project is the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) DREAMS Initiative (a two-year project), which has a specific focus on adolescent girls and young women aged 10 to 24 years. The objective of this initiative is to reduce new HIV infections by at least 25% by providing different youth-friendly services that support girls to be Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe (DREAMS).
FCC Project aims to reach 118,757 beneficiaries, including 90,504 OVC and their caregivers, and 28,253 adolescent girls and young women through the DREAMS Initiative.
Portuguese speakers, read more about the launch from Diário de Moçambique here: Sofala, Manica, Zambézia e Gaza:Vinte milhões de dólares para apoio a pessoas desfavorecidas