Terre des Hommes Italy (Tdh) is a non-profit organization, with 25 years of experience in the field, recognised internationally for implementing development and humanitarian aid...
Terre des Hommes Italy (Tdh) is a non-profit organization, with 25 years of experience in the field, recognised internationally for implementing development and humanitarian aid projects to improve the quality of life of vulnerable children. Still inexistent in Portugal, Tdh, founded in 1960 by Edmond Kaiser in Switzerland, has reached many countries and thousands of people in the world. In December of 2014, I finished a Leonardo da Vinci internship in Milan at the Tdh headquarters. I had the opportunity to work in my field of studies and accomplish many tasks. I learned how the organization works and worked with the project managers. In February I transitioned to a field posting with Tdh, working in Beira, Mozambique.
Mozambique is among the poorest countries in the world, ranked 178th out of 187 countries in the Human Development Index. Education is a major challenge in Mozambique where only 56.1% of the population is literate, only 3.6% have completed high school and the dropout rate in primary schools is 64.6%. Since 2003, Tdh´s Child Distance Sponsorship Program has already helped more than 500 children in the Province of Maputo. The program facilitates the access to education, guarantees medical care, and offer recreational activities for vulnerable children. In 2013, Tdh expanded the program to the city of Beira where 52 children are currently enrolled but we want to expand further and reach at least 100 children in every year.
To do this we need your help. I would like to gather donations for the program. Your contributions would go directly to helping vulnerable children in Beira enrol, attend, and learn at local schools. Going to school means to have all the necessary material uniform, books, and school materials. There is also an enrolment fee that many families here cannot afford. I intend to publicize the Tdh work, raise awareness about the life conditions of these children and get together people for this cause, not only from the Portuguese community, who has a particular responsibility and affection towards the Mozambican population, but also from the international community, not only from my social and professional circles but anyone who would like to help.
This project has two benefits: Primarily, we are investing in the future of children and fulfilling their future dreams and contributing for a more fair society. I also benefit though, by undertaking this project we are making one of my childhood dreams come true and advancing my experience, knowledge, and ability to continue to do what I love and help promote education for children worldwide.
As once declared Kaiser, founder of Tdh, "to help a single child is always a beautiful love story.” With a small contribution you can make a big difference.
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