After Mozambique's war of independence with Portugal, it entered a gruelling twenty-year period of civil war. The ruling Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (FRELIMO) party officially laid aside its Marxist ideology in 1989, and multi-party elections were held the following year.
Ever since the UN facilitated the end of fighting in 1992, Mozambique has been making a gradual recovery. The country is now stable and peaceful, but persistent droughts and floods have hampered the progress of the economy which is largely dependent on farming.
ActionAid  is a development charity with a strong commitment to working alongside local people and organisations in order to establish better rights for the world's poorest people, and the provision of basic needs that most in the developed world take entirely for granted. More than that, ActionAid are committed to tackling the root causes of poverty and have made education, HIV and AIDS, food, emergencies, women and girls their main priorities.
ActionAid has been working alongside communities in Mozambique since 1990 to improve access to basic water, health and education facilities. Specifically, ActionAid has invested in the training of health workers (including HIV counsellors) and the provision of health services, which are otherwise too few and far between to be of service to most Malawians.
ActionAid has also focused its efforts on supplying clean, safe water to as many people as possible. This is often combined with the training of farmers in innovative techniques that yield bigger harvests while conserving water and soil usage. The charity also invests heavily in the construction of education facilities, and the training of teachers in 'Relfect', ActionAid's hugely successful adult literacy program.
In the 37 years since its inception, ActionAid has reached many millions people in Africa, Asia and the Americas, and has developed a wealth expertise in fighting poverty. ActionAid partners with local organisations and recognises the need to work with communities on their own terms. By getting to know the culture intimately ActionAid workers have the best possible opportunity to effect a lasting end to poverty.
Sponsoring a child in Mozambique today will cost you just 50 pence per day. Your money will also go towards development efforts in the town in which the child you sponsor lives. This will ensure the most efficient and effective use of your money.
As a child sponsor you will also be able arrange a personal visit your child and will be able to communicate with them. You can also look forward to receiving special letters and drawings from them, including a new photograph every two years. Additionally, you get to see where and how your money is being spent by keeping in touch with your child's local ActionAid office, and through regular editions of Common Cause, ActionAid's newsletter.
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