World Renew has been working in Mozambique since 1993.
Mozambique is a country rich in mineral and natural resources. It has over 2,500 km of coastline and access to one of Africa’s largest freshwater lakes and vast areas of fertile farmland. It has a democratically elected government and it borders the largest economy in Sub-Saharan Africa. Despite this, the country continues to wallow at the bottom of UN’s Human Development Index (178th out of 187 countries worldwide).
COUNTRY COVID UPDATE
Mozambique continues to see cases of COVID-19 throughout the country and is enforcing strict quarantine through the end of June. In response, World Renew had cancelled all in-person training events for the foreseeable future and shifted programming to a social distancing model. However, World Renew programming still remains active. A partner evaluation was recently completed virtually with a team from Australia, Kenya, Canada, USA, and Malawi communicating directly with participants in communities. In addition, there is ongoing support of families who continue to recover from the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai, over one year ago. Our team has provided seeds to farmers to help their families return to self-sufficiency. In addition, to ensure these families have the resources they need to weather quarantine, two months-worth of food has been provided to each family.
As the outbreak spreads, staff request prayer that the impact of the virus curb in the countries of southern Africa. Due to Mozambique’s relatively poor medical infrastructure, staff carry deep concerns that the outbreak will lead to a high death toll.
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