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Lets make Mozambique a better place for children to live.

Provide a better future for orphans in Mozambique.

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

Luhiesna Lar - Paz e Amor, an orphanage to be implemented in Mozambique - Maputo, in Maracuene district, to take care of children whose parents have died of HIV, children physical or mental disability, take care of rejected children discriminated because of albinism. Mozambique is listed among the 5 poorest countries in Africa due to many factors that affects the country's development including the drastic climate changes that causes severe loss of resources and delays the countries social and economic advancement. Despite this situation, the actual struggle is the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria that kills many people at such uncontrollable path resulting in high level of mortality and increasing the number of orphans. About 30% of children infected got transmitted from birth, and about 700 teenagers get infected per day due to lack of sexual orientation. The UNICEF report 2017 states that by 2030 about 1.1 million children will be infected if nothing is done to control this situation. The high level of abandonment leads children to practice negative act that prejudice their future and inclusion in society. Many young girls are exposed to child prostitution, premature marriages and sexual violence, small boys are exposed to child labour and introduced to the use of drugs. This matter is not an easy challenge but everyone is called to contribute with positive solutions to overcome the situation, therefore investing in children's health and education ensures that we have a powerful and successful nation in future.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

The project will first be implemented in Maracuene district in Maputo and latter on implement countrywide because the situation is the same in every province in Mozambique, therefore there is an urgent need to expand.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

By the idea is to empower vulnerable children, enabling then to express themselves and discover their mental capacity and help them to fulfill their potential, by including them in an environment which is suitable for children. As a result reduce the level of children in the streets, reduce level of child abuse, reduce the level of child trafficking.And ensure a better future for underprivileged children.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

- Provide secure shelter for children (Every child has the right to be protected and feel loved). - Provide healthy nutrition and clothing. - Provide health care and medication for children living with HIV or any kind of disability. - Insert every child back to the educational system (Every child has the right to be in school). - Protect children against any kind of discrimination, violence and child exploitation. - Create attractive activities for children to be involved in (Every child has the right to play and not work). - Protect young girls against premature marriages (Teenagers must have the right to decide their future).

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

There are few orphanages in Mozambique but most of them with very poor conditions. Due to the global crises investors have stopped supporting most of the orphanages and as a results some of the orphanages have shortage of food, lack of electricity and very poor hygienic conditions, therefore many children run away and prefer to stay in the streets where they find their own means of surviving. Our idea implementing to build orphanages with standard qualities, where children have save shelter, live in hygienic environment, where they receive appropriate nutrition, health care and medicine, and have the opportunity to study and do all activities for children. (We pretend to have a primary school and a health care center inside the orphanage), and have a subsistence farm also inside the orphanage where we will produce some of the food needed for daily consumption. This motivates children to stay in a protective and comfortable environment.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

I am a blessed mother to four young beautiful children and I fight everyday to provide for everything they need. We all see children being abused everyday, we see children being exploited everyday and being discriminated every day.I got touched because I imagined what if die and my children have to go trough such horrors? The situation of orphans suffering in any part in the world is alarming and we can not just close our eyes and pretend that its not our responsibility to find solutions. With Mozambique particularly, is it not a matter of being the best suited person to solve the problem, its a matter of self conscience and responsibility to change the dilemma, we are well aware that children are the future generation of the country and if we invest in them now, we will have healthy and well educated population, and we will ensure strong labour force in future and build up a strong and successful, stable economy.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

Maracuene District is a semi urban / semi rural area, the idea will be built in this district, because its where we did acquired for land. The community is under development, there are some infrastructure ( Good communication network, good transport system, electricity, water supply availability , public hospital and few health care centers, few public schools). By implementing the project in this area we will create employment for people living in the community, reducing the need for people to migrate to neighboring countries in search of jobs.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

Due to the high level of unemployment in Mozambique, many people ( men) migrate to the neighboring countries in search of better life conditions.( South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Tanzania) living behind women with children, this creates family instability because some men never return back home and some end up not sending money to sustain the family that they leave behind. By implementing the idea in the community it will create decent and well paid jobs for women and youth , this will helps to restore their financial stability, enabling them to be financial independent and run their lives with less burdens.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

We will work with UNICEF, local Government and other local entities that works to empower children.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Arriving and settling at a destination community

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Systems design: Solutions that target changing larger system

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Blueprint: We are exploring the idea and gathering the inspiration and information we need to test it with real users.

Group or Organization Name

Luhiesna Lar - Paz e Amor

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

Luzia Bartolomeu, the founder of the project Luhiesna Lar - Paz e Amor. The alarming reality of many children and youth (orphans) in Mozambique is chocking and its horrifying to see how the society handles the situation with very little importance forgetting that these vulnerable children are the coming generation of Mozambique. Therefore I came up with the idea to build orphanages to care for abandoned children, especially those who are rejected for being HIV positive and children with any disability,because they have the right to be included in society. As a mother I believe every child has the right to be loved, has the right to a safe shelter, nutritious food, health and education. We do assist some vulnerable children in community but we need to reach as many vulnerable children as possible. There are two other co - founders in this team, Jossias Chipanga lawyer a defender and fighters in favor for children's right. Gomes Teme an orphan who works with team, shares his experience.

Type of submitter

  • We are not yet a registered organization but plan to in future

Organization Headquarters: Country

Mozambique

Organization Headquarters: City / State

Maputo

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Dear Luzia Bartolomeu! Thank you for this deeply entrenched humanitarian heart-beat. I can almost feel the passion and empathy that led to this idea. Moreover, I'll like you to pay special attention to the disabled children among them. If other children may survive through the street, disabled ones won't. So, providing for them in this design is a step in the right direction.

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