Through our different Schools and Centers in Beira, Gorongosa and Vilankulo, ASEM entered into 2018 with over 6,000 beneficiaries with an age range from 5 years to 22 years of which over 60% are girls.
Alexandre's thumb was caught in a rope that caused a cut all around the finger up to the bone. The day after we knew that the bone has been touched. Thanks to the help of many people we managed to fly him to Maputo and to get him special care. Nevertheless, his finger had to be amputated.
Before returning home to Vilankulo, he was visited by a friend of ASEM to evaluate the possibility of getting a prosthesis. It is not a simple thing, but we trust that something can be done.
Once he got home, Alexandre had a spontaneous desire to proceed with his normal life and, slowly, with his activities. And there he realized the gravity of the situation. Now he can no longer do a number of things that were previously "normal" and this is a big handicap for him. We help him keep his vibs high and we are changing his work activities in order to make him feel still important for our community.
Mr. Alexandre returned to his activities and regained his smile. Every day he discovers that he is capable of doing something new without his thumb and his life goes on with renewed commitment.
The construction of the house for Sara João Samuel proceeded, consisting of two bedrooms, a living room and a veranda. The building will be able to house the girl and her little brothers who are orphans and have never had a stable lasting place since they have always lived in borrowed houses in advanced state of degradation.
This house is being a very important milestone in their lives, since it will change the routine of always asking for accommodation and constantly moving.
Little Moniz burned her hand I when she wanted to take a hand full of beans out of a boiling pan. Her fingers then all glue together. One year later we managed to help her thanks the support of many and an amazing doctor lady of the Maputo hospital. It took several surgeries to split the fingers and little Moniz is still in physiotherapy. Nonetheless she can use her fingers and hand by now.
Various water wells were built to help the communities to have access to clean water without walking long distance.
During 2018 ASEM helped its beneficiaries with didactic material, uniforms and school support, food and clothing. Psychological support is an important part of the daily work of our social workers. Helping to find solutions to different problems and protecting – resolving issues of child abuse.
Our beneficiaries benefit from medical support when they are sick. The problems such as stomach pain, headache, diarrhea, toothache, tuberculosis and malaria are common.
In addition to medicine assistance that they receive, they benefit as well from a special diet and hygienic material to help for a good and speedy recovery.
The accompaniment and support of children with HIV / AIDS is also part of our work. Generally, the children have contracted the disease in their mother's womb.
Our social workers visit ASEM’s beneficiaries in their home to check on the real situation in which they live, their well-being, their problems and to update their data.
Often our beneficiaries come to see us at the office, alone or with their parents/guardians to talk about various issues, needs and successes as well.