Força à Comunidade e Crianças (FCC) (Community and Child Strengthening)

We are working in collaboration with the Government of Mozambique to implement the Força à Comunidade e às Crianças (FCC) Project, which is funded by USAID. Through FCC, we aim to reduce the socioeconomic impact of HIV and AIDS on orphans and vulnerable children and their caregivers.

Funder

USAID/PEPFAR

Location

GAZA,MANICA, SOFALA, AND ZAMBEZIA PROVINCES, MOZAMBIQUE

Dates

2015 - 2020

We work in close partnership with the Government of Mozambique and a range of local implementing partners to implement the Força à Comunidade e Crianças (FCC) (Community and Child Strengthening) program, which draws on care and support models that we have tested in the region. FCC uses both schools and communities as platforms for service delivery by supporting children, adolescents, and their families through child protection, early childhood education, and parenting education and support, health and nutrition, psychosocial support, adolescent and reproductive health, entrepreneurship and life skills, economic strengthening support, and cross-cutting gender-based violence prevention interventions. All of our interventions contribute to the UNAIDS 95-95-95 strategy for epidemic control.

We offer a number of innovative and effective platforms to provide these services including Child Rights Clubs (for girls and boys ages 10-14), Youth Economic Strengthening Clubs (for girls and boys ages 15-24), Girls Empowerment Clubs (for adolescent girls and young women ages 15-24), Male Peer Groups (for adolescent boys and young men ages 15-24), and voluntary savings and loan associations (VSLA) groups that target caregivers.

As a community partner of the Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored, and Safe (DREAMS) Initiative, we are implementing key interventions to reach 27,000 adolescent girls and young women in six districts in three provinces (Gaza, Sofala, and Zambezia). FCC layers HIV prevention, social asset building, and demand creation for services onto existing interventions. We have set up an innovative Mobile One-Stop Service Delivery program to reach people in their communities, which provides health services including HIV counseling and testing, nutrition services, and gender-based violence services–as well as referrals to the case management system.