Monapo's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of Canadians, we’ve started work to improve the well-being of children and families in this community. These are a few of the areas we will focus on this year:

Located in northern Mozambique, the grassy, rural community of Monapo is home to 112,297 people. Described as one of the poorest countries in the world, most families in Mozambique farm to earn a living, but still often struggle to survive.
Since their homes are scattered throughout the community, buying and selling goods can become a challenge. Migrating from one community to another to seek better farming opportunities is a common pattern among families because of poor crop production.
Of all the people in Monapo, children and mothers are especially vulnerable, fighting high infant mortality rates, greater chances of malnourishment and limited access to health care and services. As children grow, they are often at risk of dropping out of school early to marry, which is still a widely-accepted cultural practice throughout the country. About 15 per cent of the adult population in Monapo is affected by HIV or AIDS.
Child protection
To better advocate for and protect vulnerable children, World Vision will aim to:
  • Establish child parliaments that contribute to the awareness of children’s rights
  • Advocate against child marriages by bringing awareness to parents and families
  • Advocate for laws that are protect children from abuse and neglect
  • Improve the quality of education in classrooms so that children can learn to read, write and apply basic math skills
To assist women and young children with their health and well-being, World Vision will strive to:
  • Implement new health units to better support pre- and post-natal care where possible
  • Improve access to health care facilities for pregnant mothers and small children
  • Create treatment and support programs in existing health care facilities to provide counselling for breastfeeding mothers and boost child nutrition
Economic Empowerment
To better support farmers, their nutrition, financial goals and livelihood, World Vision will work to:
  • Empower community members through working groups to establish sustainable income-generating activities
  • Cultivate networks of savings groups to promote healthy household income
  • Engage farming groups to support in planning for crop and harvest, conserving their resources, managing their businesses and building their connection with food markets


Explore Monapo

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Monapo

Child Protection

  • 2 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 50 young people are participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 580 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling


  • 185 children who dropped out of school were reintegrated to the education system with the help of local volunteers
  • 200 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes


  • 50 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 75 parents learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished

Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018

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Child Protection

There are many things preventing children from thriving in Monapo, such as missing legal identification, the death of a parent, living with an untreated disability, dropping out of school and early marriage. In some cases, parents aren’t able to support their children’s long-term development because they’re focused on providing immediate needs. This often forces them to have to work long hours, ultimately becoming less present for their kids.

In other cases, parents aren’t taught how to legally register their child when they’re born, so many kids live without rights as they grow up. Some children lose their parents to HIV and AIDS, leaving them to fend for themselves.


In Monapo, maternal and newborn health is an ongoing concern. Many women aren’t monitored by doctors during their pregnancy because they don’t have access to health care and aren’t given the resources they need. As a result, children under five have a 60 per cent chance of early death. If they do survive, they have a greater chance of growing up stunted or malnourished. Women in Monapo are in need of care and expertise, so that they can carry their children to full term and know how best to feed them, especially in their first five years of life.

Economic Empowerment

The economy in Monapo has been suffering decline for years. Poor access to roads leading into villages makes it difficult for people to buy and sell goods. Farmers aren’t equipped with the knowledge or skills to grow crops resilient enough to handle wild fire or unreliable rainfalls and farming groups or networks have yet to be established. Other options for income-generating activities are needed to help empower Monapo’s economy.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Monapo has completed Phase 1 

PHASE 1: Building the foundation

With local leaders, we assess the community's needs and resources, plan projects to provide long term solutions. Sponsorship and development opportunities begin.