Psychosocial support for children and young people

Projects in Mozambique

Psychosocial support for children and young people affected by HIV/Aids
Psychosocial support for children and young people affected by HIV/Aids
In Mozambique more than 400,000 children have lost at least one parent to Aids. These children and young people suddenly find themselves alone and having to look after their younger siblings. Our partner organisation OSAMULIZA makes sure that those affected receive both psychosocial and material support.

Picture from the project: "Empowerment of women and girls"
Empowerment of women and girls
Because of the prevailing gender inequality, women and girls in rural Mozambique are sorely disadvantaged. Girls often do not go to school because they have to look after their younger siblings, or help their mother with work in the home and fields. Despite new family legislation, women still have barely any right to have a say in decision-making. Our partner organisation AMUDEM is committed to equality between the sexes and the empowerment of women and girls.

Picture from the project: "Craft courses for children and young people"
Craft courses for children and young people
In Mozambique, many children and young people are suffering the consequences of poverty, violence and HIV/Aids. Because they have to help out with housework or in the fields, they have little time to go to school. Yet, without a proper education, it is virtually impossible to escape the downward spiral of poverty. Our partner organisation Centro Aberto de Jesus organises handicrafts courses to give children and young people new hope for the future.

Picture from the project: "Supporting girls and young women affected by violence"
Supporting girls and young women affected by violence
In the province of Manica, the HIV infection rate is about 15%. This figure is partly due to the high number of violent crimes and sexual attacks. Violence against women and girls is socially tolerated in Mozambique because of the traditional gender roles. Many victims keep quiet for fear of being isolated. By increasing awareness and counselling victims, our partner organisation LeMuSiCa is making an important contribution to establishing the rights of women and girls in the province of Manica.

Picture from the project: "Taking action against forced marriage"
Working against forced marriages
In rural regions of Mozambique, forced marriage is the norm for young girls. Many parents marry their daughters off at the age of just 12 or 13 so that they no longer have to provide for them. Early marriages usually result in an end to schooling for the girl. In the province of Manica, committed young people have formed themselves into an organisation called Pembenuca to fight for girls' rights and create ways for young people to earn an income.
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