ProjectsNema funds various educational projects and has so far built four schools, enabling 1,500 children to receive an education. Nema also works with local communities to provide healthcare, clean water and enterprise opportunities.
EducationBefore Nema started work in the area, less than 1% of children went on to study at high school, and less than 20% completed all 7 years of elementary school.
We have attempted to counter this problem by funding numerous education related projects, like our school feeding project which is seeing fantastic results and a growth in attendance rates. Children are allowed to come to school instead of fishing for their supper or fetching water if they are given a meal.
Now we are currently feeding 1,000 children a nutritious meal each day.
We also offer scholarships to as many high school children as we can afford to support, sending them to boarding schools in the area since there are no schools close enough to commute to on a daily basis.
Now we are currently sending 70 children to boarding high school.
Nema, funded by JoJo and others has also completed the building of a new primary school in Guludo, a second in Ningaia and a third in Crimize, a fourth in Luamuama and we are currently building a fifth school in Manica.
Soon over 1,500 children will be educated in a Nema built school.
- 1,000 children are fed a nutritious meal every day - 70 children are attending boarding high school - 5 elementary schools have been built - 1,500 children will soon be educated in a Nema-built school
EnterpriseNema is encouraging existing and budding entrepreneurs to develop their ideas. By far the majority of the population are subsistence farmers or fishermen. In addition, some of the larger villages have small shops, tailors and blacksmiths.
Over the last couple of years, we have helped to establish various soap and bread making groups in the region. Together with other donations, JoJo has funded the building of a craft centre in Guludo Village as well as a kiln and workshops. However, each year the rains are harsh and many of the buildings are washed away in freak floods. Keeping the buildings repaired or renewed is an ongoing challenge – nothing stands undamaged for long in the Cabo Delgado region of northern Mozambique.
Current enterprise projects include:
- helping to fund local bread ovens and setting up training days in bread making - setting up soap making production
These mini factories provide a valuable way for the communities to make money locally in a sustainable manner.
HealthThe average life expectancy in Mozambique is just 48 years, and 21% of children do not survive past their fifth birthday. Malaria, malnutrition, HIV/AIDS and diarrhoea are still a problem and Nema aims to combat these diseases by raising awareness in the communities and improving access to essential health services and improving sanitation facilities.
- 48 years average life expectancy - 21% children do not survive past their fifth birthday - 20 miles average walk to the nearest health clinic
In 2015 two trail bike ambulances were purchased from South Africa. They are a brilliant design which allows patients to be transported on rough tracks, often saving a long 20-mile walk to the nearest clinic.
Through our work we are slowly reducing the levels of infant mortality, but there is still much more we could do if we had the funds.
Water10 years ago, around the area where Nema works, less than 50% of the population had access to safe water and the majority of pumps were in disrepair.
Nema has completed many water projects in the area, bringing clean water to thousands of people:
- 28 new or rehabilitated water points and pumps - 12 villages now have access to clean water - 12,000 people now provided with water
Each village that benefits from a new or rehabilitated pump sets up a water committee via the village leaders. The water committees receive training focusing on managing their water points, Mozambican water policy and diminishing the spread of water borne diseases.
However, the water pumps often fall into disrepair and are expensive to mend, with no parts available in Mozambique. Last year JoJo sourced spare parts to mend 12 pumps in India and two volunteers travelled out from London in an attempt to repair them with the help of the local Nema team, saving thousands of dollars for the charity and ensuring numerous communities got their running water back again.