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A $2 million boost for orphans and vulnerable children

Habitat for Humanity Mozambique was awarded a nearly $2 million grant by USAID to help provide shelter and support for children left orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. According to the United Nations, Mozambique has an estimated 400,000 children who have lost a parent or guardian to HIV/AIDS.

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Fatima Luis Langa and her daughter, Deolinda Aurélio Cossa, live in a Habitat home in Massaca, Mozambique.

The USAID grant from PEPFAR, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, will help Habitat build 900 shelters that will ensure safe, healthy and legal housing for 2,700 orphans and vulnerable children. The houses will be built in five rural communities in the country’s Manica and Nampula/Zambezia provinces.

Habitat Mozambique works with local government representatives, community- and faith-based organizations, as well as trained builders and suppliers to design housing projects. Each house will include a ventilated, improved pit latrine; cement floors to help keep out pests and moisture; insecticide-treated mosquito nets to offer protection from malaria; and a supply of Certeza water treatment liquid to purify drinking water, as well as clean fruits and vegetables.

For the past four years, Habitat Mozambique has focused specifically on the country’s poorest communities that are struggling to care for orphans and vulnerable children. As part of this work, Habitat also is partnering with organizations that will help train 450 caretakers in inheritance and land rights, safeguarding the futures of an additional 1,350 children in the area. The program also provides instruction in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment, and malaria prevention.