Located in Southern Africa, Mozambique borders six countries: Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Mozambique is a poor, sparsely populated country, ranked 181 out of 188 countries in the Human Development Index.
Despite having a small population of only 26 million in total, at 1.8 million Mozambique has the fourth highest number of people living with HIV/AIDs in the world. The population is growing though, principally due to a high birth rate with 45% of the population being younger than 15.
The population is predominantly Christian with the majority being from the Roman Catholic, Zionist or Pentecostal Church, with only a small Anglican presence (just over 1% of the population).
Despite this Mothers’ Union is a strong agent of change - having a far bigger impact within communities than their numbers may at first suggest. Mothers’ Union has a rapidly growing membership in Mozambique, with 4,120 members each making a difference in their local area.
Community Development Coordinators (CDC’s) are professionally trained community development staff, employed by local Mothers’ Union’s to help and support members as they engage with their churches and wider community.