Over half of Mozambique’s 23.5 million people live in extreme poverty. The destructive and isolating legacy of colonialism, combined with the lasting effects of a sixteen-year civil war, left deep scars on the land, economy and people. These scars are evident by endemic poverty, the spread of preventable and treatable diseases such as TB, Malaria and HIV/AIDS as well as syncretic religious beliefs that perpetuate cycles of brokenness within families and communities. Children orphaned because of HIV/AIDS are left without anyone to protect them. Infants and toddlers suffer from malnutrition, resulting in lifelong negative health consequences.
Since 1994, World Relief has partnered with local churches and organizations in Mozambique to provide home care services to orphans and vulnerable children, organize savings groups, develop irrigated agriculture and provide detection and referral of TB cases, thereby alleviating the suffering of the most vulnerable. Currently World Relief works to empower local communities through savings groups and agribusiness opportunities rooted in fellowship, discipleship and spiritual formation.