Projects

Nema funds various projects and has so far built 5 schools, enabling 1,500 children to receive a primary school education. In addition, we sponsor around 100 children a year with a fully funded secondary school scholarship.


Education

Before Nema started working 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 saw 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.

We are sending over 80 children to boarding high school.

Nema, funded by JoJo and others has built 5 primary schools in Guludo, Ningaia, Crimize, Luamuama and Manica. During the 2019 Cyclone Kenneth all 12 schools in the area were devastated, but with Nema's help they were restored and are now useable again.

Enterprise

The Nema ethos is to encourage entrepreneurs to develop their ideas. By far the majority of the population are subsistence fishermen, with very few ways for the women to earn money. We have set up co-operative craft, soap and bread making groups; keeping the funds in the family to help the children.

Health

The average life expectancy in Mozambique is just 58 years, and 7% of children do not survive past their fifth birthday. Malaria, malnutrition, HIV/AIDS and diarrhoea are 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.

In 2015 two trail bike ambulances were purchased from South Africa. They are a brilliant design which allow 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 the devastation caused by the cyclone and insurgents is causing levels to rise again despite our best endeavours.

Water

Fifteen 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: including installing many new pumps and mending dozens more.

The charity is also instrumental in delivering latrines to the elderly and vulnerable and teaching the communities how to install this basic sanitation, all in an effort to combat disease and reduce infant mortality.

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 waterborne diseases.