a JESUSpolitik project

"Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the
least of these my brethren, ye have done it
unto me. " - Jesus

Project Profile: History
 Maputo was once considered an influential hub of

trade and industry. It was a beautiful city, flourishing
with culture. But, the Mozambican Independence
War of the 1960s and 1970s changed all that. The
Mozambican Liberation Front or FRELIMO (Frente de
Libertação de Moçambique) fought fiercely for their
country's freedom from Portugal.
 At this time, Portugal had dominated colonies in East
Africa for  470 years. The increasing number of newly
independent African nations feeling the success of the
self determination movements after WWII combined
with the ongoing mistreatment of the local
Mozambican population by the Portuguese
government encouraged the growth of strong
nationalist sentiments in Mozambique.
 Mozambicans wanted to be free.

Project Profile: History
They were tired of being exploited

in the diamond and gold mines
for the sake of Portugal's desire
for greater economy. They
couldn't support themselves on
the rice and cotton exports that
they were being forced to grow.
They were sick of being refused
even fundamental education and
minimal involvement in the
government.
War was inevitable and the
fallout would be brutal.

Project Profile: History
By the time a declaration of peace finally

came, it didn't seem much like peace at
all. It had been 10 long years of war. The once
glorious city was now in terrible disarray. 
Portuguese refugees fled in incredible
numbers, leaving the city with not only a lack
of skilled workers, but a lack of capital as well.
Countless immigrants swarmed the city,
rubble lay strewn across sidewalks and
streets, water was gone, electricity was gone,
hope was gone.
30 years later and the city is still
recovering.

Project Profile:
Current Situation
Mozambique is a very young country, with

half of it’s members under 18 years
old.1  An estimated 2 million people live in
the capital city of Maputo alone, but the
actual population is estimated to be much
higher because of slums and other unofficial
settlements.
Childhood doesn’t last long in
Mozambique. In 2002, the ILO estimated
that 31.9% of all children ages 10 to 14 years
in Mozambique were already working.2  A joint
Ministry of Labor and UNICEF rapid
assessment survey of children under 18
working in selected areas estimated that
about half of all working children began
working before they reached the age of 12. 3 

Project Profile: Current
Situation
Poverty, lack of employment for adults, the HIV-

AIDS epidemic and lack of education
opportunities are among the many factors that
force children to work at an early age. 4
The number of children coerced into prostitution is
growing in both rural and urban regions, particularly
in Maputo.5  A large number of child victims of
commercial sexual exploitation have been already
been infected with HIV/AIDS.6
With no where else to go, many children live in the
streets of Maputo. Street children are reported to
suffer from police beatings and sexual abuse.7
Mozambique has quickly become a source
country for child trafficking.8

What are we doing to help?
JESUSpolitik is working with a local missions

group, Maputo International Christian
Fellowship (MICF) Mercy team, to provide
direct aide to Maputo's poor, oppressed,
hungry, homeless, sick, abandoned and
otherwise forgotten.
Two local Mozambicans, Mugara and Raquel,
and JESUSpolitik representative, Dave,
spearhead this effort together. Just three
people making a huge difference.

What are we doing to help?
Poverty plagues the streets and a growing number of

street kids are homeless and being coerced into
prostitution, bonded labor and drug trafficking as
means of survival. Mozambique is a young country and
there's not much left since it was ravaged by the
independence war of the 1960s and 1970s, by recent
natural disasters and by the effects of extreme poverty
and AIDS.
But there is enough to build on. Lives are changing.
People are getting saved. Street kids are given a safe
place to sleep with their bellies full of food and clean
clothes on their backs. The sick are being cared for, the
lonely are being visited and the lost are getting saved.
YOU can be a part of God's work in Maputo.

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What can YOU do?
Collecting donations is a simple way to

make a large impact. It's a way to reach out
from your world to touch theirs. Collect
donations from your campus chapter, your
friends, your family, your co-workers, your
church or even from stores. The biggest
needs right now are for food (especially
dry staples such as beans, corn meal,
flour and rice), blankets and mattresses
and clothes for children and adults.

What can YOU do?
Raise funds to help support MICF Mercy

Mission's work in Maputo. You can help:
pay hospital fees for the sick
 buy food and clothing for the poor
 provide mattresses, blankets and a
place to sleep for street kids
make sure that this important ministry
will continue.

What can YOU do?
Send cards, pictures and words of

encouragement to the street children they
help, the poor and sick they visit.
 Start a prayer group for the people of
Maputo and for Mugara, Dave and Raquel as
they help them. Let them know you are
praying for them!
Go over and be a direct part of God's
work there. Take a team from your church,
school or organization. Or, go on your own.

For donation information, contact
information and activism ideas go to
www.jesuspolitik.com or email
melissadavis@jesuspolitik.com.

Resources:
[1] Prevalence, Abuse & Exploitation of Street Children : Republic of Mozambique (
http://www.gvnet.com/streetchildren/Mozambique.htm)
[2] World Bank, World Development Indicators 2004 [CD-ROM], Washington, D.C., 2004.
[3] Government of Mozambique, Ministry of Labor, and UNICEF, Child Labour Rapid Assessment:
Mozambique (Part I), Geneva, 1999/2000, 36.
[4] U.S. Embassy - Maputo, unclassified telegram no. 1366, October 13, 2004, UNICEF, Latest News:
Increasing number of orphaned children need care and support, 2003 [cited August 18, 2004];
available from http://www.unicef.org/mozambique/latest_news_12Dez03_01.htm.
[5] U.S. Dept. of Labor, Buerau of International Labor Affairs, Mozambique: Incidence and Nature of
Child Labor, 2007
[6] U.S. Department of State, Country Reports on Human Rights Practices- 2002: Mozambique,
Washington, D.C., March 31 2003, Section 6f; available from
http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2002/18217.htm. Some young prostitutes in Mozambique choose
to have unprotected sex to increase their income, see HIVdent, Child Laborers at Risk for AIDS, July
25, 2001 [cited May 24, 2004]; available from
http://www.hivdent.org/pediatrics/pedclarfa072001.htm. See also chapter on Mozambique in UNICEF,
Child Workers in the Shadow of AIDS, 49-60.
[7] U.S. Department of State, Country Reports- 2003: Mozambique, Section 5
[8] Ibid., Section 6f. See also ECPAT International, Mozambique, [database online] January 6, 2004
[cited September 2, 2004]; available from
http://www.ecpat.net/eng/Ecpat_inter/projects/monitoring/online_database/index.asp. Reliable
numbers on the extent of the problem are not available, but a 2003 study reported that 1,000
women and children were trafficked from Mozambique to South Africa in 2002 to work as prostitutes,
in restaurants, and on South African farms. See International Organization for Migration, The
Trafficking of Women and Children in the Southern Africa Region. Presentation of Research Findings,
March 24, 2003, 1 See also U.S. Department of State, Country Reports- 2003: Mozambique, Section
6f. See also U.S. Embassy - Maputo, unclassified telegram no. 126543, June 8, 2004.