Planet Aid supports development projects in Mozambique working in partnership with Ajuda de Desenvolvimento de Povo para Povo (ADPP Mozambique). ADPP Mozambique’s education and nutrition projects further Planet Aid’s mission, which is to improve access to training and quality education, and to increase health awareness and encourage healthy lifestyles.
Nikhalamo—Girls Stay in School Project
In many developing countries, a gender imbalance persists in school enrollment and completion. Research shows that educated women are less likely to marry early, more likely to have healthy babies, and are more likely to send their own children to school. The word "nikhalamo" comes from the local Chuabo language and means “I am here to stay.” The Nikhalamo project uses this Chuabo name as it is aimed at increasing the enrollment, retention, transition, and completion of vulnerable girls in the upper primary school (sixth and seventh grades) to lower secondary school (eighth to tenth grades). The project worked with more than 1,300 vulnerable girls in 2017 alone, and conducted 270 door-to-door community campaigns to raise awareness about the importance of girls’ education.
Food For Knowledge
In 2013, ADPP Mozambique launched the Food for Knowledge Project, an education and nutrition program. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food for Knowledge seeks to improve the academic performance, nutrition, and overall health of tens of thousands of school children through the distribution of daily school meals. As of the end of 2017, the project was serving lunches to 86,000 children. Read more about Food for Knowledge.
Teacher Training Colleges
In partnership with the government of Mozambique, ADPP Mozambique operates 11 teacher training colleges. The colleges train the students not only to become effective educators, but to also prepare them to lead economic, social, and cultural initiatives in their communities. As community leaders, teachers work to engage children and families on many levels, instilling a commitment to education while helping to facilitate improvements in quality of life. Read more about teacher training.
70 Preschools Maputo
ADPP Mozambique is currently implementing a multi-year preschool program in the districts of Boane and Manhica. The goal of the project is to promote the development of children under six through the building of 70 preschools across Maputo Province. The project has four main components: community mobilization and strengthening of institutional support, building capacity in early-childhood development and preschool operation, construction of 70 preschools, and the provision of early-childhood development services to families. To date, 65 preschools have been constructed and the children have begun attending the schools. Read more about early education.
Malnutrition in children and pregnant women is often a problem within developing countries, leading to a high level of child mortality. The nutrition projects supported by Planet Aid in Mozambique seek to reduce malnutrition by improving nutrition knowledge and practices within target communities.
The projects reduce malnutrition as the residents gain knowledge on the importance of eating diverse foods, learn to garden for themselves, and improve their cooking practices and processes. By introducing a diversity of fruits and vegetables and empowering residents to grow their own food, these nutrition projects have seen a definitive drop in the number of malnourished residents.
In 2017, the projects impacted over 12,000 households by planting fruit trees and establishing household gardens.
One World University
One World University (OWU) was established in 1998 with the idea of training professionals in the field of education and poverty alleviation. It is one of 47 institutions of higher learning in Mozambique approved by the Ministry of Education. Students earn one of two bachelor’s degrees offered: a degree that enables them to train primary school teachers at teacher training colleges, or a degree in community development. The university has approximately 150 students in residence and also offers courses through an online distance education program. Read more about OWU.
In 1985, ADPP Mozambique established its first vocational school in Maputo and since that time has established two additional schools. Programs at these schools include agriculture and animal husbandry, business management, construction, and hotel and tourism. Programs and courses are developed according to the needs of the school’s community. The training curriculum combines theoretical and practical elements, including traditional school subjects and general knowledge, with an emphasis on skills training. Internships in commercial companies, farms, or institutions are also a valuable part of the program. Read more about vocational schools.