In 2013, Sharing Hope Preschool opened its doors with one classroom, two teachers and 18 students. That small, one-room school has now grown into three classrooms, seven staff, and 100 students that are fed daily, loved by their teachers, given a quality education, and provided access to safe water through the school’s fresh water well. However, we knew that our students weren’t the only ones in Licilo who lacked access to clean drinking water. So, through generous donations and working with the local government, we were able to identify three other areas in the village who lacked access to water and drill wells in those areas. The wells are managed by a local water committee, and collectively provide clean water for over 850 people.
In addition to the school and fresh water projects, One Heart Africa also provides employment, healthy food, and educational opportunities through our small gardening plot. This plot has allowed us to incorporate a better variety of food into the students’ diets as well as teach basic agricultural principles to them while they are at the preschool. Mancoba continues to strengthen and build relationships in Licilo as he serves as the Director of Sharing Hope Preschool and as the Country Director of Mozambique.