Mozambique Today

  • October 8th, 2010

    “You helped us see the way forward through your training therefore teaching us to walk using our own feet”.

    This was the feedback from Pastor Manuel Enriques after attending a three day organizational development workshop facilitated by Horizon Consulting international in Beira, Mozambique.

    Before sharing some experiences from our visits and work with various church leaders and organisations reaching out to children in need, let me start by supplying some background information on Mozambique.

    Mozambique is situated on the East Coast of Africa. After centuries of resisting various onslaughts from invaders, colonial rule was established by Portugal in 1505 and the country became independent after national liberation on the 25th of June 1975. This was followed by a 17 year civil war which ended in 1992. Mozambique has since made significant progress and as of 1994 the economy had grown at an average rate of over 6% per year. Regardless of these advances, the UN Development Programme in 2009 still rated Mozambique 172 out of 182 of the world’s poorest countries.

    This highlights the serious challenges still facing Mozambique in the areas of healthcare, education, employment and income. Half of the adult population in Mozambique are still illiterate largely relating back to the colonial times in which local inhabitants were not entitled to an education until the age of fifteen and then only till grade four. At the time when Mozambique became independent in 1975 only thirteen people held a university degree from the counties only university. Although education is now available for all, according to UNESCO only 65% of children enrol in primary school and a mere 49% of them continue until grade 5. Classes run for a maximum of 4 hours per day with children attending in shifts to reduce overcrowding in classrooms.

    With the above in mind Horizon Consulting International are coming alongside churches and local organisations who invest in the well being of Mozambique’s children.

    Horizon Consulting International is currently working with Oasis, our local partner in Mozambique’s second largest City, Beira. While we strengthen the development process through facilitating workshops and training, Oases follows through to see that these desired changes are implemented. The choice to work with the local church is based on the fact that they are a vital community based institution which is common and accessible in all communities. In a recent survey undertaken by Oasis Mozambique, 79% of those asked regularly went to church. The local church is strategically placed yet often under resourced. Strengthening them will ultimately strengthening communities.