The young people of Tofo, Mozambique need a space to play and learn new skills in a supportive environment. Through a variety of fun and educational workshops, they will learn to express their feelings and needs, be mentored in sustainable practices and thrive by acquiring new skills that will uplift them out of the vicious cycle of poverty.
Mozambique has a young and rapidly expanding population and it has one of the lowest literacy rates in the region. School drop-out rates are high especially among girls, and education access continues to be a challenge. In Tofo, the young people do not have a space of their own; to play, to study or generally socialise in a safe environment.
A community centre will provide a safe, educational and fun place for young people to learn and socialise. Through Expressive Arts workshops, the children will work as a team, grow in confidence, which will help elevate their voices in the wider community. Through Surf Craftsmanship, they learn how to make wooden surfboards and accessories from natural ingredients, teaching them to respect nature by using sustainable practices and raise awareness about their impact on the environment.
This project will educate and support children and young people in this community, empowering them to be leaders of positive change. Our long-term goal is to create a self-sustaining circular economy, elevating young people from poverty by removing them from the streets, engaging them in sustainable activities and offering them entrepreneurial, life changing opportunities, which will continuously impact their families' well-being as well as their own.