We are integrating early childhood development (ECD) efforts into our existing Mozambican child health, nutrition and saving work through the implementation of Moments That Matter® (MTM), a program partnership of Episcopal Relief & Development. The MTM program increases access to early learning and development opportunities and programs for children younger than three years of age to ensure they reach their full potential. It equips caregivers to help their children’s cognitive, psychosocial and physical development needs while also equipping communities to support their healthy development. MTM leverages the assets of Episcopal and Anglican churches with a network of local community and faith leaders and trained ECD volunteers who visit households, lead caregiver support and learning groups, and refer caregivers for additional services.
Our partner Anglican Social Action supported local government’s efforts to raise awareness about COVID-19 by adapting our Savings with Education groups to continue operating safely. ASA, with our support, provided face masks, soap and handwashing facilities and has implemented physical distancing protocols for these groups. The organization is also encouraging the use of the buddy system, where one person brings back information from the meetings to their community. ASA also distributed food parcels and face masks to vulnerable communities such as the elderly and single-parent households. Church leaders and volunteers distributed face masks and soap to help reduce transmission.
132,288 people reached by long-term development programs
270 children participated in the Moments That Matter® program
2,168 primary caregivers trained in early childhood development through the Moments That Matter® program