Solidarity against COVID-19 in Mozambique
One of these small-scale projects is being implemented by the Makobo Platform in the Maputo province. The Mozambican association focuses on improving the lives of disadvantaged communities and people in need, providing them with training and professional skills. In 2020, we funded their initiatives with 658.100.00 MT (equivalent to about 9.100 EUR), significantly extending the association’s reach. With our support, the Makobo Platform, through the Solidarity Heart-COVID-19 Intervention initiative, implemented two sub-projects: the Solidarity Crafts and the Solidarity Bakery initiative.
With the Solidarity Crafts initiative, six women living in deprived communities were trained in tailoring and sewing, aiding them to later enter the job market. Additionally, the initiative has been helping to cope with the high demand for masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Solidarity Bakery initiative on the other side provides job opportunities to young people in extreme poverty, including three women who have become entrepreneurs by selling bread to their communities. Most importantly however, in close coordination with the Solidarity Soup initiative, the Solidarity Bakery helps to make sure impoverished children receive at least one meal every day, consisting of soup and bread. Thanks to our contribution, the reach of the initiative has doubled from 1,000 to 2,000 children per day.
The Makobo platform is also active in other regions of the country, such as the Sofala province, in Central Mozambique. In the area most affected by the 2019 cyclone Idai, the platform provides nutritious meals for school children, improves the availability and accessibility of locally grown products, provides employment opportunities, housing, sanitation and hygiene education. In the Cabo Delgado province, which has been going through a humanitarian crisis since 2017 due to terrorism, the platform is providing humanitarian assistance and developing local development projects, distributing hygiene kits (soap and masks), daily meals and clothes.
Their great work has reinforced our commitment to the Makobo Platform, supporting services and projects that strengthen and promote the social well-being of disadvantaged groups. With our partnership, we seek to contribute to the social, cultural and economic development of Mozambique. Success stories like these strengthen our view that even the smallest projects and the smallest contributions can have a great impact.
Our work in Mozambique
We have been supporting Mozambique in reducing poverty since 1992. However, the country is still considered one of the poorest in the world. Half of the population lives in absolute poverty. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, 1.6 million people were facing hunger and were struggling to survive from day to day. With the number of vulnerable people rising due to the pandemic, our attention has been on humanitarian aid more than ever.