• Updated: Friday, March 10, 2000

  • The situation in Mozambique

    The Friars Minor are serving the church of Mozambique for more than one hundred years, specifically in the Dioceses most affected by the terrible flooding. Our mission has been helping the population towards stability since the end of the civil war, as well as promoting development (human , civil and moral) through seminars, specialized courses and work programmes. In this way, the Custody is involved in the daily life of the Mozambique people. The Custos, Fr. Hilario Messinga, in a communication on the 4th of March, informed us of the most recent happenings and about some of the projects the Custody intends developing.
    The situations is still critical in Mqacia, Chokwe, Xai-Xai, Machanga, Buzi, Dombe, Maca e Zambeia, where floods have killed many people. At Xai-Xai the waters covered the biggest houses and the city of Chokwe has totally disappeared, with the exception of a few buildings.
    The calm is not expected to last with forecasts of new downpours.
    In the short term, hunger as well as epidemics like malaria and cholera have to be dealt with before reconstruction projects get under way.
    The first need will be to reopen the schools and purchase new school materials for the children.
    The agricultural situation will have to be helped due to the total destruction of this year’s crops.
    Efforts to help people could be jeopardised because of the lack of resources.
    At this moment there are an infinite number of needs. The Brothers working there have prioritised medicine, food and drinking water, blankets, zinc sheets for roofing, pens, pencils and copy books.
    Medicines are the only materials not available in the country. Everything else can be bought in the local markets.

    For the first phase the following products are needed:

    250 sacks of rice ($33 each) U.S.$8.000 (seeds)
    250 sacks of maize ($20 each) U.S.$5.000 (seeds)
    100 sacks of sugar ($50 each) U.S.$5.000
    25 sacks of beans ($40 each) U.S.$1.000
    1500 blankets ($12 each) U.S.$18.000
    600 zinc sheets ($10 each) U.S.$6.000
    5000 copy books ($4 a dozen) U.S.$1.670
    5000 pencils ($2.5 a dozen) U.S.$1.042
    5000 pens ($5 a dozen) U.S.$2.500
    500 hoes ($3 each) U.S.$1.500
    500 sickles ($3 each) U.S.$1.500
    20 ploughs ($34 each) U.S.$680
    TOTAL U.S.$51.892

    The most important medicines are:

    • Anti malaria
    • Anti diarrhoea
    • Disinfectants
    • Antibiotics
    • Sterile gauze

    Our brothers thank you for all your help.

    Contributions can be forwarded
    to the Custody of Mozambique

    current account

    Ordem Francescana - Custodia de Moçambique
    Banco Standard Totta de Moçambique
    Praça 25 de Junho
    Conto n. 1080158031008 (in US $)

    Alternatively through the development office of the General Curia,
    at the Istituto per le Opere di Religione, Vatican City current accounts:

    • Account 27505-021 in italian Lire
      payable to: Curia Generale OFM - Fondo Sviluppo

    • Account 27505-022 (US $)
      payable to: Curia Generale OFM - Fondo Sviluppo

    In the case of sending help to the IOR account it is absolutely necessary
    you specify PRO MOZAMBIQUE

    Please notify our Development Office that
    ° You have made a contribution "pro Mozambique"
    ° The currency used and the amount of the donation
    ° The account to which you have made your contribution
    ° Give us your name, address and telephone/fax number in order to contact you if there is any trouble tracing your donation.

    You may contact the development office via: Email: devgen@ofm.org
    Central Fax: +39 06 638 0292 (please write ATTN: SVILUPPOon the fax)

    By airmail at:

    Ufficio Sviluppo
    Curia Generale OFM
    via s. Maria Mediatrice, 25
    00165 ROMA

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