AVSI started working in Mozambique in 2000 as a donor of a local organization, Khandlelo, funding social and educational activities for disadvantaged children in and around Maputo. Over the years, AVSI’s work has expanded to include projects in education, youth employment, urban upgrading, environment, agriculture and rural development. In 2010, AVSI was authorized and recognized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an NGO that can work directly in Mozambique.
Today, access to energy for development is the focus of AVSI’s commitment in Mozambique, in poorer areas of Maputo (Chamanculo and Xipamanine) and in Pemba. In an effort to give attention to the environment in the rapidly developing city, AVSI is working with the Ministry of Environment to prepare the first UNFCCC credited project to reduce CO2 emissions in Mozambique.
AVSI Mozambique is implementing the project “Empowering Women, Promoting Change” (2017-2018) with local partners and funding from the US Embassy in Mozambique/PEPFAR.