Humanity & Inclusion in Mozambique
Since 1986, our teams have been responding to issues resulting from the country’s 25-year long civil war.
Since peace agreements were signed in 1992, Mozambique has embarked on a series of political, economic, and administrative reforms.
The country is recovering thanks to economic growth, backed by the international community and private investment. However, the biggest threat to stable growth is the rampant spread of HIV/AIDS, poor sanitary conditions, and a very low standard of education.
On March 14, 2019, Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique, killing more than 600 people, injuring more than 1,600, and leaving nearly two million in need of humanitarian assistance.
Humanity & Inclusion is on the ground helping survivors by reinforcing capacity and ensuring that hard-to-reach neighborhoods receive vital aid, distributing non-food items to the most vulnerable households, and providing psychosocial support to those who need it most.
Our Current Work
In addition to addressing the needs that emerged following Cyclone Idai, Humanity & Inclusion’s Mozambique team of 37 national staff and three expatriate staff works diligently to:
- Promote the rights and social participation of people with disabilities
- Support civil society to improve the social inclusion of people with disabilities
Learn more about these critical actions below.
Ensure All Children Have Access to Education
In Mozambique, access to quality, inclusive education for children with disabilities is not a guarantee. In order to give every child the best chance for a bright future, Humanity & Inclusion enables children with disabilities to get the quality inclusive education they deserve.
Our team works in peri-urban areas to enhance the quality of inclusive education by:
- Assessing and filling gaps in the Ministry of Education’s curriculum to ensure it is truly inclusive. This includes producing additional trial modules on inclusive education and providing training and technical support to the teaching staff of the 12 pilot primary schools
- Working with teachers to ensure their skills, attitudes, and practices are aligned with the needs of all students – including those with disabilities
- Setting up a peer educators’ system with people with disabilities. This fosters community engagement which in turn improves parent/school links and encourages enrollment and retention of children with disabilities and special learning needs in schools
Humanity & Inclusion also supports the development and application of an Inclusive Education National Action Plan which will broaden the impact of our work, and make a lasting difference in Mozambique.
Empower All People to Access Critical Services
Humanity & Inclusion improves access to social and health services for people in Mozambique with disabilities who live in extremely poor peri-urban areas. How? By supporting and training local service providers.
The team also oversees an information, guidance, and social support system managed by Disabled People's Organizations (DPOs), who also facilitates access to these services.
Our Past Work
Humanity & Inclusion has been in Mozambique since 1986, fostering a culture of dignity, access, and inclusion for ALL people with disabilities and who are vulnerable. Over time, we have evolved our work to meet the dynamic needs of the communities where we serve.
Read on to learn more about our past work in Mozambique, and consider investing in our future.
For nearly ten years, teams of Humanity & Inclusion deminers and specially trained dogs were used to clear landmines. This program ended as the country declared itself mine-free in September 2015.
Partnering with districts, NGOs, and service providers, Humanity & Inclusion helped improve the quality of life for survivors of mine accidents and their families by performing a mine survivor needs assessment and promoting a victim aid plan.
Supporting Organizations of Persons with Disabilities
Humanity & Inclusion helped improve the effectiveness of two social support centers by teaching members how to apply for funding and implement specific projects.
Humanity & Inclusion promoted literacy among people with disabilities in Mozambique by creating inclusive adult reading centers and supporting the “literacy for everyone” campaign on the local and national levels.
Advocacy Through the Arts
To promote the importance of fully including people with disabilities in society, Humanity & Inclusion curated al multidisciplinary show called Incluarte with a company that included a diverse cast of people with and without disabilities
Resilience and Social Protection
Humanity & Inclusion helped even more people with disabilities get access to social and health centers by supporting Information, Orientation, and Social Support Centers (SIOCS).