Maputo, 31 May (AIM) – Canada has disbursed eight million Canadian dollars (5.8 million US dollars at the current exchange rate) to support 150,000 Mozambican adolescents on sexual and reproductive health in the southern provinces of Maputo and Gaza.
The amount, channelled through an international non-profit organization named Right To Play, covers adolescent girls between the ages of 10 and 19, over a period of five years.
According to the National Director of Right To Play, Daina Mutindi, the project, entitled “Education and Sexual and Reproductive Health (2022-2025)” aims to help girls prevent early pregnancies and keep them in school.
“Our major goal is to support the integrated development of girls and keeping them in school is our focus”, said Mutindi on Tuesday in Maputo, on the sideline of the visit of the Olympic champion and global ambassador of the organization, Allyson Felix, to Namaacha district.
“In our projects, we implement girl monitoring programs for prevention of early pregnancies. We make girls aware of the importance of education and their own importance as human being who have rights just as much as boys do”, she explained.
For his part, Allyson Felix, visiting the country for the second time, argues that children should work hard to achieve their dreams.
“I think the race that children have to run for, is the race of life, overcoming obstacles and never giving up. Children should work hard, study, and go after their dreams”, said Felix.
The Right To Play sexual and reproductive health initiatives benefit 150 thousand children, 150 schools and 57 health units in the districts of Boane and Namaacha in Maputo province, and Chongoene and Chókwè in Gaza .