Solar Flashlights

Mahubo, Mozambique is located about 30 minutes outside our headquarters in Boane.  In 2017, No Poor Among Us started working with and sponsoring girls at the Mahubo school.  Mahubo takes in students from all the surrounding areas.  Many of the students have to walk 2-3 hours to school because they can’t afford the 6 cents cost to get transport.

Almost all of the 29 girls that are currently sponsored in Mahubo do not have any power at home.  It gets dark at 5:30 p.m. in Mozambique.  These girls and their families use candle light to do any night tasks.  However, candle light is extremely hard to study with and with the distance many students have to walk to and from school, they have no option but to study at night with candle light.

In an attempt to help, No Poor Among Us and Goal Zero teamed up to give the sponsored girls in our programs solar flashlights that will allow them to study at night.  They can charge the flashlights during the day while they are at school and by the time they get home at night time, they will be able to study with great lighting.

All 29 girls that we sponsor in Mahubo were ecstatic about the new gift.  They have dreams of becoming doctors, lawyers, teachers, and government officials one day.  Being able to successfully study at night time brings them one step closer to their goals!

Visit from the Governors Wife

No Poor Among Us has recently received visits from many different government officials.  They have all left very impressed with the programs here and committed to help us.  On Friday May 18, the governor of Maputo’s wife made a special visit to the center.  She had heard about the literacy classes and No Poor and wanted to come see first hand what was happening.
 
A lot of effort went into preparing for her arrival.  Many community members gathered and choirs practiced to perform at the ceremony.  The news outlets arrived and filmed the ceremony and interviewed members of our staff.  We also had people from our literacy classes perform cultural dances and songs.  After the welcoming ceremony, she visited each of the classrooms to see the center in action.
 
The Governor’s wife was so impressed with the center and asked us to send a special thank you to those who donate to our cause.  She said she has seen very few organizations have the impact on a community and individual lives that No Poor is having.  She hopes we can continue to work together to grow our program and put literacy classes into more impoverished areas.
 
It was such a blessing for the staff and organization to be recognized for the hard work that has been put in here.  We have great team that is working extremely hard to change the lives of the people in this community.  They were so happy to be recognized for their hard work.

Building Libraries and Classrooms

When David Hamblin gave the director of the Boane Secondary School 50 uniforms to give to his students, he was told by the director that the school had NO BOOKS.  Neither the students or teachers had books. This was unacceptable, so in 2013 NO POOR AMONG US built a library onto the school and filled it with books – mostly textbooks.

In 2013 NO POOR AMONG US partnered with Weber State University to build a very large women’s center next to the Boane Secondary School.  30 student and faculty members from the university worked on this project.  This Center now offers many programs for women and girls and is the home for all of the programs of NPAU.

In 2016 NPAU learned that the Boane students had to find other schools to attend for 11th and 12th grade because they didn’t have enough classrooms to hold these grades at their facility.  With the help of a very generous donors, NPAU built 6 classrooms and a latrine next to the school for 11th and 12th grade classes.

In 2017 NPAU again partnered with Weber State University and built two classrooms,  a library, and a latrine onto the Mahubo Secondary  School. Mahubo is one of the poorest schools in southern Mozambique.  Students from many districts attend the school and most of them come from impoverished backgrounds.  Many students walk 2-3 hours to and from school each day.  The students, their families and the community in Mahubo were very thankful for the help.

Mozambicans are eager for their children to get a good education but overcrowded schools, lack of money for fees and uniforms, and distance to schools cause many students drop out early.