A girls’ team from Maputo represented Mozambique at the Street Child World Cup Rio 2014. Our partners in Maputo, Meninos Da Mocambique (MDM) is a Mozambican NGO providing social assistance and medical care to children on the streets of Mozambique’s cities.
Football forms an important part of MDM’s preventative work with girls who may be at risk of life on the streets. As part of an extensive range of activities they have 3 (or more) girls’ football teams who are involved in their prevention programmes. They use football to challenge traditional roles which girls become trapped in, as domestic assistants in the home with very little freedom, and to give them the opportunity to play. The teams have been successful and last year’s team were taken on by a local club once they had outgrown the project.
MDM are supported in the UK by Street Child Africa, an NGO which works with street child projects across Africa.
A former Portuguese colony, Mozambique is located on the Southern African Indian Ocean coast and shares borders with Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa and Swaziland. Independence from the Portuguese came in 1975. The years which followed featured civil war, famine, natural disasters and economic struggles. Mozambique’s economy is now fast growing, with foreign investors interested in its vast gas and oil reserves, but a lack of infrastructure and the legacies of colonialism, war and floods means much of the country remains in poverty, with 50% of the population living on less than $1 a day.
Population: 24.5 million
Language: Portuguese (official), Swahili plus others
The girls from Team Mozambique are ambassadors, holding presentations in their communities. NGO Meninos Da Mocambique report their work is taken more seriously and they are more respected in Maputo where they work.
If you are interested in our ongoing partnership with MDM and Team Mozambique, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org