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Contact: Anna Crumley-Effinger
QUAKER GROUP SUPPORTS NEW CIVIL SOCIETY IN MOZAMBIQUE
After more than 30 years, AFSC leaves its work in good hands of OCODEMA
NAIROBI, Kenya (July 19, 2010) – After more than 30 years of service, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker organization working internationally for peace, justice and human dignity, will phase out operations in Mozambique on September 30, 2010.
In its stead, a local organization called the Manica Community Development Organization (OCODEMA) has been formed by AFSC. The new organization, which began with a governing board over a year ago, will inherit most of its national staff and take over AFSC’s Mozambique properties.
An official launching ceremony revealing OCODEMA’s logo was held July 3, attended by 120 people, including government representatives, traditional leaders, board members and staff. Photos can be viewed at http://afsc.org/image/mozambique-micro-finance-group and http://afsc.org/image/ocodema-logo-launch
The OCODEMA will focus on entrepreneurship, microfinance, adult education, and will mainstream environmental, gender and HIG/AIDS issues in all its activities. The OCODEMA already has secured core and basic funding for its operations over the next three years.
“The phase out was a conscious decision made over three years ago by AFSC’s international program executive committee and Africa regional office,” says Dereje Wordofa, the AFSC’s regional director for Africa. “It was guided by a meticulously designed plan which we successfully implemented over two years. We are extremely joyful with the birth of a blessed civil society organization that will promote peace and development in Mozambique.”
Civil societies such as OCODEMA are greatly needed in Mozambique, where more than three-quarters of the population live on less than $2 a day. Mozambique experienced a devastating flood in 2000 that killed 1,800 people and caused massive property damage which the country is still repairing.
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The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.