Home to more than 27 million people, Mozambique is among the countries most affected by the HIV epidemic. Today, approximately 10.6% of people aged 15 – 49 years old are living with HIV in the country. Compounding this situation, more than half of the population (54.7%) is living in poverty and the country ranks near the bottom (178 out of 187) of the 2014 United Nations Human Development Index ranking due to poor access to knowledge, low life expectancy (at 50 years), and low standards of living. In this context, there are an estimated 1.8 million orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) who are made vulnerable due to their lack of access to quality education, health care, food, shelter, psychosocial support, and exposure to child labor, human trafficking, sexual abuse and exploitation, and violence.
World Education/Bantwana Initiative is implementing Força à Comunidade e Crianças (Child and Community Strengthening) Project (USAID|FCC). Under this five-year (2015-2020) agreement, the Bantwana Initiative is working across nine districts in Mozambique’s Manica, Sofala, and Zambézia provinces to reach approximately 72,000 vulnerable children and adolescents and their caregivers. The program provides information and strategies related to child protection, early childhood education, and broader parenting education and support, health and nutrition, psychosocial support, adolescent and reproductive health, entrepreneurship and life skills, economic strengthening support, and cross-cutting gender and gender-based violence prevention interventions.
In partnership with the Government of Mozambique, ChildFund International, and a range of local implementing partners, Bantwana draws on its tested care and support models in the region, using both schools and communities as platforms for service delivery.
The Bantwana Initiative layers DREAMS Core programming onto the FCC program.