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Dreams of Hope in Mozambique

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In Southern Mozambique, near the Swaziland border, sits a rural village called Namaacha. In this place, the problems are many: a growing HIV and AIDS rate, poverty and hunger, declining agriculture production, and fractured families. And in this place, a local church is working to live out compassion. Their focus is investing in the lives — and dreams — of children. Pastor Admirado Chaguala has been leading the congregation for seven years. Here, he shares their story alongside photos taken by Scott Bennett, who spent time with the church while leading a LoveWorks team from Point Loma Nazarene University.

As a border village, Namaacha falls within a human trafficking corridor, leaving children exposed and vulnerable to exploitation. Because it also borders Swaziland, where more than 25 percent of the population is living with HIV or AIDS, the community also faces significant health risks. Many chil-dren in Namaacha have already been trafficked, while others have lost one or both of their parents to AIDS. The local church has begun to lead awareness campaigns, teaching children to identify different types of risks and offering the community valuable health training.

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The only source of water in Namaacha is six small dams that capture the rain during the wet season. Once this supply runs out, water is scarce, and village residents may spend up to two hours a day transport¬ing 20 liters of water, accounting for a significant dip in church attendance.

 The children in Namaacha aspire to be someone important in the future. They express dreams of becom¬ing skilled adults who can contribute to their country and world. Many of them express dreams to be medical doctors, engineers, lawyers, professors, pilots, or nurses.

The children in Namaacha aspire to be someone important in the future. They express dreams of becom¬ing skilled adults who can contribute to their country and world. Many of them express dreams to be medical doctors, engineers, lawyers, professors, pilots, or nurses.

The Namaacha CDC currently ministers to 95 children and is a safe haven for Namaacha’s youngest residents. Children have the opportunity to be educated, to gain important life skills, and to have support toward a positive, healthy future. Namaacha is a small, needy community with a lot of potential for growth, but the government has not yet invested much there. By investing in these chil-dren, the church is helping to build a better present, which will have a positive impact on the future of the community.

You can see a longer version of the “Dreams of Hope” photo essay on page 14 of the latest issue of NCM Magazine.

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