AFSC’s Emergency and Material Assistance Program has concluded its campaign to assist children orphaned by AIDS, their caregivers, and communities in Mozambique’s Manica Province.* The campaign, entitled Kurarama, which means “to live” in the Shona language, collected $132,000 of materials, the last of which are en route to the region.
Supplies shipped included 5,155 hygiene kits, each of which contained a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, a washcloth, petroleum jelly, and a wide-toothed comb. The kits will be distributed along with food packets at a health fair co-sponsored by AFSC, the provincial government, and local organizations. Three hospitals will be receiving art supplies and 66 mattresses donated by Tempur-Pedic International.
AFSC has been active in Mozambique since its independence from Portugal in 1975. Today, the Integrated Rural Development Program provides intensive support to two isolated communities in Manica Province.
While the conclusion of the Kurarama Campaign marks the end of materials collection for the children of Manica, AFSC will continue its work within the province’s communities to improve the quality of life of those who have been touched by HIV/AIDS.
* The UN estimates that more than one million children in Mozambique will have lost one or both parents to AIDS by 2010.