JoJo works with Nema to help reduce infant mortality rates in Northern Mozambique. Nema’s holistic approach to sustainable aid empowers the local people to free themselves from poverty through education and enterprise.
JoJo supports Nema through funding, administrative support, accounting and so much more.
Currently we work in partnership with 5 Primary Schools to provide school meals for 1,000 children alongside 5 School Farms.
Crimize School is at a distinct disadvantage; they are on the coast, sandy soil, little fresh water with scorching heat and hungry warthogs and monkeys to contend with. Yet, the community has taken these challenges in their stride and surprised us once again with their creative solution to these problems.
The new school farm is inside the shell of the old school building! Perfect! They have carried in good soil and have been lovingly watering their crops by hand. The result - a green oasis with onions, tomatoes, lettuce and other vegetables. Incredible!
Today was the ceremony were we handed over the Lumuamua Primary school to the Government. The school has 3 classrooms, one double toilet and a water catchment system so the children can drink safe water while at school. The ceremony was wonderful; dancing, singing, smiles, enormous pride and satisfaction.
The Nema team, along with Carlos (an very talented chef from Guludo Beach Lodge), ran a training day for a new Women’s Bakery Association at Nambija. Carlos taught them how the oven works and how to make bread. While the Nema team started training the group on how to start selling the bread and earn an income with their new business.
The ladies in Naunde have been doing a great job baking bread and working together to gain some money and some dignity. Like everyone here they are impatient for great things are not quite sure how to get there.
Step by step we’re trying to show them.
“Now we’re sure, when Nema make a promise, they will deliver us great things”: Lumuamua school director yesterday when we handed over the school to him.
The success of the soap company in Ningaia made us think we should reproduce the opportunities for the ladies in another village, without taking away income of course. So, in my “spread the love” campaign of trying to support equally all the villages in our area (despite the increased fuel costs), we decided that Nacatuco would be the lucky winners of the next opportunity.
Nema currently supports 5 schools in the school feeding programme (locally called matafome: kill hunger). In total for 2015 there are 997 children in these 5 schools receiving a nutritious meal every day, encouraging school attendance, giving them a much more balanced diet and giving them energy and brain concentration levels to enhance their studying. This is a proven development intervention which gives these children a much better start in life and a greatly improved chance of future success.
Empowerment and opportunity are the key to sustainable development. Asking the local chief for nominations, and following on from the success of the soap project, we found a group of 10 ladies in Naunde who wanted to be part of the next women’s enterprise project: bread.
There aren’t a lot of good, trustworthy drivers out here so finding one is so exciting. After driving tests with a few lovely guys who burnt the clutch, reved into the red (if we had a rev counter that is) and couldn’t find second gear, we found Abudu.