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Anatercia carries corn next to her fields in Mozambique. Photo credit: Emidio Josine/Caritas Australia.

Anatercia's story

Mozambique

Your support today can help children like 12-year-old Anatercia from Mozambique to access clean water, go to school and fulfil their dreams. 

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Tarsini with her savings and loans group near her home. Photo: Laz Harfa.

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Anatercia sits with her grandfather and grandmother outside their home in Mozambique. Photo credit: Emidio Josine/Caritas Australia.
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Anatercia sits with her grandfather and grandmother outside their home in Mozambique. Photo credit: Emidio Josine/Caritas Australia.

Tragedy struck early for Anatercia. Her father passed away when she was just four and her mother has struggle with chronic health issues ever since. 

Anatercia, her brother, and her sick mother moved in with their elderly grandparents into a small hut in southern Mozambique, where there is no electricity, hospital, secondary school or supermarket.

As her grandparents aged, Anatercia's grandfather developed blindness and her grandmother could no longer walk to their farm; their only source of income.

Their crops withered from a mixture of neglect, irregular rainfall, droughts and floods. They were unable to maintain their livelihood and the family often went hungry. 

In Mozambique, nearly two million people currently face severe food insecurity, due to the combined effects of frequent natural disasters, the conflict in northern Mozambique and COVID-19.

As Anatercia took on more and more responsibilities around the home to try to support her struggling grandparents, her education began to suffer, as she travelled up to five hours to collect water every day.

“We have run out of food several times. I help my family with the farm, cooking, fetching water and firewood, and caring for my mother. I also assist my grandfather in feeding, as he has difficulty in picking up utensils due to blindness.”

Anatercia

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Tarsini buying fresh produce at local market. Photo: Laz Harfa.

Improve food and water security

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Anatercia walks to her local school in her village in Mozambique. Photo credit: Emidio Josine/Caritas Australia.

Help children to go to school

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Anatercia works in her fields in Mozambique. Photo credit: Emidio Josine/Caritas Australia.

Provide psychosocial supports to vulnerable youth

You can provide life-changing support to children like Anatercia. Give generously today to provide the training and services vulnerable children need to fulfil their full potential. 

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Vulnerable families in Mozambique can now access clean water

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, Anatercia and her family were able to join the Integrated Rural Development Program, supported by Caritas Australia’s partner, Caritas Regional Chokwe, which provided them with food, seeds, school supplies and a school uniform for Anatercia. 

They also helped the family to install an irrigation system on their farm, as well as a system of taps in the village so community members so no longer needed to walk hours to collect water. Anatercia's grandmother learnt about sustainable farming techniques to help the family produce enough food to eat and sell.

Caritas Regional Chokwe also successfully lobbied the government to extend the school to 6th grade, so that children like Anatercia can continue to study close to home, rather than walking hours to a neighbouring school.

Anatercia collects water from the  community water tap near her house in Mozambique. Photo credit: Emidio Josine/Caritas Australia.
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Anatercia collects water from the community water tap near her house in Mozambique. Photo credit: Emidio Josine/Caritas Australia.
Anatercia with other students in front of her local school in her village in Mozambique. Photo credit: Emidio Josine/Caritas Australia.
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Anatercia with other students in front of her local school in her village in Mozambique. Photo credit: Emidio Josine/Caritas Australia.

Finally, with Caritas’ support, her community was able to form health committees to raise awareness about COVID-19, HIV and AIDS, as well as providing psychosocial support for vulnerable people, including Anatercia.

Now, Anatercia can easily access clean drinking water, community members are able to grow healthy crops all year round, and there is enough nutritious food to eat. Anatercia feels better supported by her community, has more time to study and do her homework, and hopes to fulfil her dream of becoming a nurse.

"I have enough time to take care of my mother because I have water close to the house, I am studying here in the community, and the farm gives us food all year round," Anatercia says. "Thank you, Caritas Australia."

Over 5,600 people have directly benefitted from this program so far, including: 

4,800

people with improved access to clean drinking water 

200

people trained in sustainable agriculture and irrigation practices 

180

children across four communities are able to continue their education 

You can help fund programs that improve food and water security and provide psychosocial services to at-risk youth. Donate now to provide life-changing support to vulnerable children like Anatercia.

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