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Our company charity, Nema
At JoJo we choose to support a charity where our contributions make a real difference. Nema works in rural Northern Mozambique to relieve child poverty and enable the local communities. This is a charity you can trust. It was founded by Amy Carter-James who runs a local business (Guludo Beach Lodge) and is managed by our charity project manager and several wonderful local employees.Read about Nema Staff
We are 100% sure that our donations go straight to the cause and are not frittered away on expensive fundraising mail shots, charity headquarters or corrupt local officials. We love the ethos at Nema; a holistic approach to charity which encourages those less fortunate than us to help themselves. We don’t give hand-outs, but we do provide education, healthcare support, fresh water and enable better farming and environmental training via the assistance from our agricultural technician. By using local charity workers on the projects, Nema offers employment and helps to boost the local economy.
The JoJo contributions amount to much more than funding the projects on the ground. In addition we handle the bookkeeping and Laura Tenison, our MD, is a trustee. We help to cover the charity overheads in Mozambique along with Guludo Beach Lodge and generally add as much as we can to ensure the projects are run effectively and efficiently.
“Imagine seeing the glow on your child’s face as they enjoy the feeling of a full belly. Imagine the joy you would feel knowing your family would feel the pang of hunger no more and that their futures are secure. That feeling of joy, the same joy you experience at the birth of a child, the joy of seeing clean water flow in your village for the first time; the word for that joy and happiness in Mozambique is “Nema”.
Our latest JoJo for Nema project was to fund the building of a new school in Ningaia Village. The current school was not much more than a shack and our new building provides a dry and cool place for the village children to learn. There are places for up to 200 children plus a house for the teachers. The school opened it’s door to the excited pupils last year and is already generating some very able scholars.
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Where we work
Nema works in Northern Mozambique, in the area of Mucojo in the Quirimbas National Park, North of Pemba. Laura Tenison, JoJo MD, was on holiday at the Guludo Eco Beach Lodge with her children. They started playing football with local children and Laura thought it would be great for JoJo to fund the rebuilding of the local school which was no more than a shack. After talking to Amy, the founder of the charity, JoJo started to work with Nema and took over the bookkeeping and funding specific projects whilst covering many of the charity overheads, alongside the Guludo Beach Lodge.
Mucojo lies on the coast of Northern Mozambique, 80km North of Pemba.
Nema is currently working with 12 villages within this region.
15,000 people live in this region.
Subsistence farming and fishing, plus employment at Guludo Beach Lodge.
Portuguese, Ki-muani and Macua.
Our objective is simple; to become a model of excellence for working with rural communities to help them to relieve their poverty and protect the environment they rely so heavily upon.
One of the unique aspects of Nema's work is intimately understanding each community we work with, enabling us to address their most pertinent problems first.
Our projects are generally piloted in Guludo village, Northern Mozambique and then expanded to their surrounding communities.
Nema uses the following strategies in its planning and implementation of projects:
- Tackle all roots of poverty working in; Health, Water, Education, Enterprise and Environment.
- Be run by members of the community creating community ownership.
- Predominantly focus on women, the primary caretakers of children to ensure that babies and children are the first to benefit from our work.
- Work with local government while following and supporting national policies.
Although a preventable and treatable disease, malaria is the number one child killer in Mozambique, killing 125 children every day...
Using insecticide treated mosquito nets can reduce child mortality by 20%. This season Nema will purchase and distribute 1000 malaria nets which are given to all pregnant women and those with children under 5 years old who are the most susceptible to dying through contracting malaria. The women will take part in workshops to ensure they understand the importance of preventing this killer disease and what to do in the event that their children do contract it. Fatima, one of the long-standing Nema project workers is the co-ordinator for this training and reports a direct drop in the number of local malaria related child deaths.
As well as combating malaria, Nema is also working on a variety of health and hygiene projects to spread awareness and give assistance to issues such as HIV/AIDS, mother and infant care and hygiene and sanitation. HIV awareness and education is really important and Nema has been working hard to inform the population via funding theatre work shops. In 2012 all 12 villages in the region had the local troupe visit them giving a crowd pleasing version of a very funny educational play on the risk of contracting AIDS or HIV through unsafe sex. In an area where there is little local entertainment, these plays gather huge crowds. Our Nema worker, Manuel, is great at organising these popular local events, using the local amateur actors he put together and trained.
We are considering the option of building a new health centre in the area. Currently sick people have to walk many miles to reach a health centre and infant mortality is still running high. Death during childbirth is a regular occurrence and the new health centre could save many lives.
There is so much more we could be doing to combat the high levels of infant mortality. Every penny donated goes to helping babies, children and the local population on the ground.
Orphaned and Vulnerable Children
JoJo was responsible for funding an Eid present (the local equivalent to a Christmas present) for all the local children who fit into this category. The present included some small practical items rather than toys which are not usual in places of subsistence existence. The children were so happy with their gifts which they will treasure in a way we can only imagine in the UK. We continue to take an interest in these children who are generally looked after by extended family but can be neglected when there is often not enough food to go round. Rema, our Nema project leader, takes particular care of these little ones, offering them the love and attention they miss by having lost their own parents.
Less than 20% of children complete primary school...
Before Nema started work, less than 1% of children went on to study at secondary school and less than 20% completed all 7 years at primary school. The underlying reason being the prohibitive cost and the need for children to help gather food.
Nema has attempted to counter this problem by funding projects like our School Feeding Project which is seeing fantastic results and a growth in attendance rates. This year there were over 803 children receiving a nutritious meal and regularly attending classes – which is an amazing improvement.
In 2012 we are funding about 127 local students with full scholarships to study at secondary school. JoJo is responsible for about 80 of these scholarship, but we need more funding to help more children go on to school. To qualify for a scholarship the children have to do really well at primary school. They work so hard and it is tragic to have to turn anyone away. To see a video from one of our scholars please click here. We would also like to fund some vocational training to encourage more local children into nursing or crafts.
Last year we completed the building of the new primary school in Guludo the second school, fully funded by JoJo, in Ningaia is under construction – albeit rather slowly!
Five yers ago, around the area where Nema concentrates, less than 50% of the population had access to safe water and the majority of pumps were in disrepair.
Every day over 6,000 children die world-wide from diseases caused by drinking unsafe water.
Nemahas completed 28 new or rehabilitated water points and pumps in 12 villages, resulting in the provision of clean water to over 12,000 people, but more are needed.
Each village that benefits from a new or rehabilitated pump sets up a water committee via the village leaders.
Water Committee Training
All 12 water committees have received training in 3 water workshops, focusing on managing their new and existing water points in respects to maintenance, Mozambican water policy and diminishing the spread of water born diseases.
Many more water pumps need to be repaired or installed and are awaiting much needed donations.
Nema are encouraging existing and budding entrepreneurs to develop their ideas...
By far the majority of the population are subsistence farmers or fishermen. In addition, many villages have small shops, tailors and blacksmiths.
Over the last couple of years we have helped to establish various craft 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. Guests at Guludo Beach Lodge are able to buy some of these products when visiting the groups in Guludo Village.
How you can help
You can help by...
- If you would like to donate NOW you can do so via Virgin Money. Your complete donation will go to Nema. Click here to donate online.
- If you would like to download our donation form to set up a direct debit or send a cheque, please click here. A donation of just £100 will sponsor a child for a year at secondary boarding school. A donation of about £6 will provide a mosquito net and training to a pregnant woman or young child.
- Buy JoJo Gift Vouchers, knowing that 5% of the value will go straight to the charity. Click here to buy gift vouchers for friends.
- Encourage your nursery or company to adopt Nema as the company charity, knowing that 100% of the donations will go to helping those on the ground. Please contact Laura Tenison on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss.
- Support a school feeding project - this is a fabulous way for a company to get directly involved with Nema, for about £6,000 per annum you will be responsible for giving a healthy nutritious meal to all the children who attend your specifically allocated school.
- Support our other fund raising ideas or events which are advertised from time to time on our e-newsletters. To subscribe to our e-newsletters, please click here.