Mozambique gained independence from Portugal in 1975, after almost five centuries of colonization. At independence, Mozambique faced severe challenges, 98% of the population were illiterate and large parts of the economic foundation was abandoned or destroyed by the Portuguese before they left the country.
The Mozambican people face many challenges in building up their country and fighting poverty, and conquering the legacy of colonization and civil war. Anyone who has been to Mozambique returns with a huge respect for the Mozambican people and their ability to stay positive in coping with the difficulties. Step by step, the country is moving forward.
ADPP (Ajuda de Desenvolvimento do Povo para Povo) is a member of Humana People to People and has been working in Mozambique since 1982. There are strong ties and respect between the Mozambican people and ADPP.
THE ACTIVITIES OF ADPP - MOZAMBIQUE
1. 11 Teacher Training Colleges
2. 4 Child Aid Projects
3. 1 Literacy program
4. 3 ADPP Polytechnic Colleges
5. 1 Agricultural School
6. One World University
7. Hope Humana
8. Children's Town
9. 2 ADPP Secondary Schools
10. 2 Street Childrens' Schools
11. 2 Farmers' Clubs
12. TCE - Total Control of the Epidemic
13. ADPP Clothes Sales
14. The development instructor program
15. The scholarship program
So far over 10,000 teachers have graduated to work in rural primary schools. Mozambique has put a lot of effort into primary education and now more than 80% of the children go to school for 5 years. Our Development Instructors teach English, science, mathematics and other subjects. They arrange weekend- and evening programs, work shops and teaching practice periods for the teachers in training as well as provide outreach community activities.
Zambia, the warm heart of Africa!
Zambia is a landlocked country in the heart of Southern Africa. It is situated on a high plateau with majestic rivers like the Luapula and Zambezi running through it, creating natural borders and ample water supplies. Zambia borders Angola and The Democratic Republic of Congo to the North and Mozambique to the West and Malawi and Zimbabwe to the East and South. Zambia is slightly larger than Texas with a population of 11.5 million people. Mining and processing of Copper, Zink and Coal contribute to over 85% of the annual GDP. Even though the climate is excellent for agriculture, the search for a better life in the mining industries of the larger cities has made Zambia a highly urbanized country, with 50% of the population living in the cities.
The Zambian people are very open and friendly. The population compromises of over 70 ethnic groups with each their unique language and culture. The most important quality is that Zambians feel very much like one people. "One Zambia, One Nation" as expressed in their national motto. Zambia has been a peaceful country both under and after the British colonization that ended in 1964. Zambia is home to the Victoria Falls, as well as huge areas of National Parks where wild game can be seen walking around freely.
Zambia is one of the most indebted countries in Southern Africa. 32 % of the total GDP is annually used to pay back loans. 86% of Zambian's live below the poverty line. Zambia has an 18% HIV rate among its population. As a consequence 46% of the population is under 18 years old. There is much to be done in this nation that is struggling to come to grasp with the AIDS epidemic and poverty.
DAPP Zambia, a member of Humana People to People, started its work in Zambia in 1986. DAPP Zambia runs 28 development projects that are distributed in all 9 provinces. These projects range from Child Aid, where the emphasis is on grass roots development in rural areas, TCE and HOPE, where the emphasis is to get control of the HIV/AIDS epidemic to Farmers Clubs a program to support sustainable farming. In addition to that, DAPP runs 27 retails shops where second-hand clothes collected and shipped from Europe, are sold for reasonable prices to fund many of the social projects such as Child Aid and HOPE. The first Teacher Training college has started with more to follow.