Bristol Link with Beira’s partners in Beira prepare project proposals which we then submit to funding organisations within the UK.
Bristol Link with Beira has a GoFundMe page to build up a fund to respond quickly to any emergencies or disasters in Beira. This page can also be used for project specific, individual and/or recurring donations, which benefit from Gift Aid.
The impact of cyclones and Covid-19 have exacerbated overcrowding, poor healthcare, poverty and lack of economic opportunities in Beira.
ADEL, our NGO partner in Mozambique has asked that BLB fundraise for three projects identified by communities in Beira. Moses Kakanu, Programmes Coordinator, for ADEL explains “little by little, step by step, the ADEL Sofala – BLB partnership is contributing to the achievement of the global Sustainable Development Goals in Mozambique”
Amai Mussanhani (Women helping Women) run a pre-school for orphans and vulnerable children and would like to improve the provision of their basic pre-school meals. This involves the purchase of catering equipment and training vulnerable women in catering, with the added benefit that these women can use the kitchen out of hours to make snacks to sell.
The head of Matacuane Primary School recognises the need for “the administration to have a new dynamic in an era in which communication technology has become more important in education”. To achieve this, she has requested 3 more computers and ICT training for 50 staff members.
AJOMAC, a youth group in Macuti, are committed to taking part in the various clean-up days initiatives by the city council, and/or various national and international civil society organisations. They have requested cleaning equipment, in particular to keep the drainiage channels clear to mitigate the risks from floods.
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Matacuane Primary School in Beira was badly destroyed during the Cyclone in March. Bristol Link with Beira has been working with the school for over 10 years and used its fundraising to repair toilets and install a drinking water stand after Cyclone Idai. A team of volunteers from REACT Emergency Response spent 3 weeks in Beira supervising construction works. This year we have purchased equipment for their staff room.
ACTSA (Action for Southern Africa) supported the women’s organisation Amai Mussanhane to procure premises to provide a secure environment for its work with children, especially orphans and vulnerable children; and rental income. Following the cyclone in 2019, BLB faciltated finance for Team Rubicon to renovate their building. During Covid, to make facemasks for vulnerable families, BLB provided materials and sewing machines which provide a long term resource for income generation.
AMPDC (Associação de Mulheres para a Promoção do Desenvolvimento Comunitário), financed by the Hilden Trust, have set up Women’s Legal Committees to address GBV in Manga, and held classes in literacy, sewing and savings for vulnerable women. They can now sign documents and read phone messages adding “no-one will be able to deceive us now”. One of the women in the sewing class said “I can ask a local tailor for a job, and have an opportunity to support my children.”
ADS (Associação para o Desenvolvimento Social), financed by the Coles-Medlock Foundation, engage young women as mentors in women’s health. ADS share knowledge about the dangers of sexual violence and early pregnancy; protection against early pregnancy, reproductive health, sexual and reproductive rights; and also nutrition. Through sessions at girls’ clubs, the knowledge spreads, and women and girls will be empowered to make responsible decisions regarding their sexuality, reproduction, health and nutrition.
Schools in Bristol are linked with schools in Beira and have benefited from teacher exchanges. Children from both cities are encouraged to understand the lives of each other through projects supported by the BLB and volunteer placements. A Mozambican storyteller, has been regular visitor to Bristol, working with schools, choirs and other groups telling stories and teaching songs.
The Brandon Trust and Accrideme have provided facilities and support for people with learning disabilities in Beira. This provided advice and ongoing support to people with a learning disability and their families and carers.
Students and teachers have been to Beira to work with ADEL and Adjomac in addition to their teaching workload.
BLB has highlighted some of the statistics and issues on exhibition panels for use in schools, libraries and community centres as well as at events across the city. BLB has supported work with AIDS orphans with literacy, basic English, basket making and machine sewing, to provide income generation skills. Coaching for Hope and other agencies ran a football project, training local coaches, youth workers and teachers in HIV/AIDS prevention.
Motivation supported by a small local Bristol charity, the Maureen Oswin Trust, sent technicians from Beira to train in Tanzania for wheelchair construction and maintenance. Following the training, technicians have been offered employment by Social Services in Beira.
BLB have provided sewing machines and materials for Amai Mussanhane to make facemasks. These were then distributed by ADEL with packs of soap to disadvantaged families in Beira.
BLB have maintained partnerships with three women's groups in Beira: Amai Mussanhani, AMPDC and ADS. Over the years, BLB have asked them to provide project proposals and these have been progressed by BLB and ACSTA using their own funds; or through applications to independent family trusts in the UK.
Council employees from Bristol have offered capacity building workshops in Beira, and some functionaries have visited Bristol to observe the working environment Over the years, several of Beira’s mayors have visited Bristol. Mayor Daviz Simango attended the 2018 Annual Summit of the Global Parliament of Mayors in Bristol, and received the Benjamin Barber Global Cities Award
Youth group Adjomac have been trained on a bottle-cutting project, enabling them to recycle glass bottles into crafts to fund their activities.
ADEL (supported by BLB) ran a series of environmental workshops, planting sessions and clean-ups, with young people and community based organisations, to contribute to citizenship training.
Youth group Adjomac (supported by BLB and ADEL) and a local entrepreneur in Beira developed a forestry project and tree nursery in Beira. This created a sustainable source of wood and provided work and other resources for local people.
BLB and ADEL have been advising a local start-up who, with UWE, were developing a container-based toilet block to convert human waste into cooking fuel and soil conditioner, for use off-grid in densely populated, low-income areas in sub-Saharan Africa, such as Beira.