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Bato Has Hope and a Future

Bato Has Hope and a Future

Bato is a sharp and resourceful young man. At 19-years-old, he’s the main bread-winner for his siblings and ill mother in Mozambique. It’s a duty Bato takes seriously, so much so that he was willing to sacrifice his own future. He’d fallen behind in school because he was often fishing […]

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The Social Determinants of Health Impacting HIV/AIDS in Mozambique

The Social Determinants of Health Impacting HIV/AIDS in Mozambique

Submitted by Eduarda Cipriano, Executive Director, NGUNI (Esperança’s indigenous partner in Mozambique)  The Social Determinants of Health Impacting HIV/AIDS in Mozambique For most people in western countries, HIV and AIDS are a scary story of the past that were once rampant amongst gay, poor, and black people, mostly. For the […]

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Seeds + Knowledge = Hope

Seeds + Knowledge = Hope

When we met Margarida, a single mother raising four children in rural Mozambique, it was clear she needed help. Her family was working tirelessly to grow food the best way they knew how, but each harvest barely produced enough to stave off starvation, leaving little to nothing leftover to take […]

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Planting Seeds of Hope in Mozambique

Planting Seeds of Hope in Mozambique

In Mozambique, there is very little work to be had, causing families to survive on what they grow themselves in tiny plots of land called machambas. Flora, a mother of five, works hard each day to get her machamba to produce enough to keep her family fed.“We live off the […]

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From Mozambique: HIV, Healing and Hope

From Mozambique: HIV, Healing and Hope

HIV testing and treatment is still met with hesitation and distrust in Mozambique, home to an estimated 2 million HIV-positive residents. Here, the disease is often not fully understood by community members and a positive diagnosis will more than likely result in a shunning from your family. Rutey is a […]

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Hunger and HIV Becomes a Near-Lethal Combination in Mozambique

Hunger and HIV Becomes a Near-Lethal Combination in Mozambique

Until you have watched your child die …Until you have lived in a one-room house, sharing a single latrine with four other families …Until your children’s father dies, and you struggle to feed them by selling candy and matchbooks on the street …You can’t understand what Gilda has gone through.Gilda […]

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Sanitation is Only Step One For the Zimila Family

Sanitation is Only Step One For the Zimila Family

The household of Flora Agostinho Zimila has 8 members. Looking at this family’s living conditions a few months ago would surprise you… Esperança’s Community Health Activists witnessed some hard conditions upon their initial visit to Flora’s home. They did not have a “tarimba” (for lack of a Portuguese word to […]

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Scorching Temperatures Devastate Crops in Mozambique

Scorching Temperatures Devastate Crops in Mozambique

According to the World Food Programme, 80% of the population of Mozambique cannot afford an adequate diet, causing 42.3% of children under five to be stunted in growth.  In fact, the country ranked 102 of 118 in the most recent Global Hunger Index.  This year has been especially difficult for […]

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Sowing Seeds of Hope

Sowing Seeds of Hope

Imagine you are 56 years old and need to care for fifteen grandchildren. You have fifteen lives that are depending on you to have their best interest at heart and have the ability to provide for them. For anyone this would be a monumental task let alone for someone in

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