NEMA Foundation ( Mozambique )

The Nema Foundation

Nema Foundation was established by the owners of Guludo Beach Lodge to work in the areas around the lodge to achieve their charitable goals. Nema currently works with 12 communities around Guludo, approximately 15,000 people. Some of Nema's current activities and achievements thus far include;

- Feeding 550 children one nutritious school meal every day.
- Providing clean water for over 12,000 people from 29 water points.
- Providing over 4,400 mosquito nets to mothers of young children.
- Currently fund 79 Secondary School Scholars.  

Nema Foundation is UK registered charity (no. 1113131) which uses a holistic approach in enabling communities to tackle all aspects that keep them locked into poverty. Nema works in 5 main areas; health, water, education, enterprise and environment.

Nema uses the following strategies in its planning and implementation of projects aims to;

1. Tackle all roots of poverty working in; Health, Water, Education, Enterprise and Environment,

2. Be run by members of the community creating community ownership,
3. Predominantly focus on women, the primary caretakers of children,
4. Work with local government while following and supporting national policies,
5. Always have a strong emphasis on research and monitoring, helping to ensure maximum success.

By far the majority of the population are subsistence farmers or fishermen. In addition, many villages have small shops, tailors and blacksmiths. Over 150 people either work at or sell their produce to Guludo Beach Lodge. Nema are supporting and encouraging existing and budding entrepreneurs to develop their ideas.

Craft Groups
Over the last couple of years we have helped to establish palm-weaving, ceramic and art groups. Together with the Aga Khan Foundation we are currently building a craft centre in Guludo village, a kiln and workshops. Guests at Guludo Beach Lodge are able to buy some of these products directly from the artisans when visiting the groups in Guludo village.

How to Help ?
Nema has achieved a phenomenal amount in a relatively short time which is entirely down to the support we have received from past guests, friends and family. Here are some ways you can help us develop and expand our work to reach more communities. 

Coming to Guludo? What you can bring to help...
All gifts are extremely gratefully received and we always make sure they are distributed fairly and responsibly through Nema.  Some suggested donations are: Portuguese to English dictionaries, Children books for the new library and primary school (English or Portuguese), Children’s football kits, footballs, pumps and bibs (we are shortly starting a football/HIV school project).

Run an event
To be honest, the best way you could help is to raise money to help Nema continue it's work in the Guludo area. Our friends at Global Angels have set up a fundraising section of thier website which allows you to set up a page for your own event. For more information about running an event please contact us. 

Make a donation
We are currently urgently trying to raise funds for the following projects:
•    Scholarships: Secondary School Scholarship for 1 year  $120   
•    School feeding project: Feed a child for a year                  $70
•    Hygiene & Sanitation: A latrine for a household                 $15

If you are able to make a donation please follow this link to a Nema Fundraising Page on the Global Angels website. ( PS. only provides a link to the fundraising organisation, no fund are or will be collected by

Buy a Nema Ring
DS Dundee are supporting Nema by selling beautiful palm-woven rings made in Guludo by the craft group. 

Our Promise to Donors
100% of donations go directly to our projects on the ground in Northern Mozambique. We ensure each and every penny donated to Nema stretches as far as it possibly can to realise our objective of relieving poverty and protecting fragile environments.

Funds and support for these projects have come through the Guludo Beach Lodge, Global Angels, GKN, Jojo Maman Bebe and past guests.

Every day over 6,000 children die world-wide from diseases caused by drinking unsafe water. In 2007, around our area, less than 50% of the population had access to safe water and the majority of pumps were in disrepair.

Water Points
In 2007/2008 we completed 28 new or rehabilitated water points and pumps in 12 villages, resulting in the provision of clean water to over 12,000 people.

Water Committee Training
All 12 water committees have received training in 3 water workshops, focussing on managing their new and existing water points in respects to maintenance, Mozambican water policy and diminishing the spread of water born diseases. The majority of this work has been funded by Global Angels, GKN and Guludo guests. Additional funding is required to develop additional water points in these villages.

In the Guludo area average life expectancy is 38 years old and 30% of children do not survive to their 5th birthday.

Although a preventable and treatable disease, malaria is the number one child killer in Mozambique.
Every day 125 children die from malaria, giving Mozambique one of the highest child mortality rates in the world. Using insecticide treated mosquito nets can reduce child mortality by 20%. In 2007 and 2008 over 4,400 nets were distributed through workshops to each woman in 6 villages who were either pregnant or had children under 5 years, resulting in over 10,000 people sleeping under nets. In 2009 we plan to expanding to 4 further villages while revisiting the existing 6.

Over 56% of people living in Cabo Delgado province are chronically malnourished. The most vulnerable are in rural areas where they have no alternative but to rely on their crops. Malnourishment stunts children’s development and weakens defences against disease, making it a significant underlying cause of child mortality.Nema’s community health volunteers are running nutrition workshops in every household in 4 villages and an agricultural technician is helping each family create small kitchen gardens.

Every day 102 children are infected with HIV in Mozambique and less than 3% will receive treatment.The majority of new infections occur in young people, with girls aged between 15 to 19 years three times more at risk than boys of the same age.
A new local drama group have been trained and are performing wonderful dramas illustrating the dangers of HIV. Their reception have been incredible with whole villages turning up to watch. We will also just starting to run HIV workshops, distributing condoms and will soon start showing HIV awareness films. 2009 will see the start of our school/football project will start to raise awareness with the youth.

Mother & Infant Care
Over two-thirds of women in rural areas give birth without the assistance of skilled health professional putting themselves and new babies at risk. We have a new project starting now is for a trained midwife to visit pregnant women in 4 villages to provide them with health advice and support throughout pregnancy, birth and their infants’ development.

Hygeiene & Sanitation
In 2007 and 2008 3 consecutive hygiene and sanitation workshops were run in every household in 4 villages to fight against the spread of diarrhoeal diseases. As a result over 50 household latrines have been built. This year the project is being expanded and further assistance given to families in building latrines.

Health Survey
In July 2008 the first ever extensive health survey was conducted in our area of work by Nema. This will enable us to monitor and develop our health projects.

Before Nema started work, less than 1% of children went on to study at secondary school and less than 20% completed all 7 years at primary school. The underlying reason being the prohibitive cost and need for children to help gather food.

School Feeding Project
In 2006, 80 children regularly attended Guludo Primary School. Afrter the Global Angels feeding project started in January 2007 264 regularly attended for the whole year. Last year there were over 300 children recieving a nutritious meal a day and regularly attending. In October 2008 we extended the project to Ningaia feeding another 99 children daily.
Now, in 2009, we are expanding the feeding project to another village, providing a total of 550 children a nutritious meal every school day.

This increases in school attendance reflect the severe food shortages and value for food in the Guludo area. Each child receives a nutritious meal providing 80% of the child’s needs for the day. Alongside the feeding project we are supporting the schools in developing school farms to one day replace the food bought from central Mozambique.

In 2007 and 2008 a total of 49 local students have received full scholarships to study at secondary school. This year we have given 79 scholarships  although we are currently slightly short of funds (click here to read more). In the future we hope to provide support for vocational training.

Primary Schools
We are currently just finishing off building a primary school in Guludo and just starting to build another primary school in Ningaia village (the latter funded by Jojo Maman Bebe).

School Farms
Since the last quarter of 2008 we have been helping Guludo and Ningaia villages to establish school farms to teach improved agricultural techniques and provide nutritious food for the children. 

Dive Instructor and Activities manager, Rhys Cutler, dedicates part of his time working on conservation projects for Nema.

Humpback Whale Research
Since 2006 we have been collecting humpback whale data to help the international conservation of the specie funded by Guludo guests who want to go and see these beautiful mammals.

Seafood Buyers' Guide
Last year we developed a seafood buyers’ guide to promote responsible purchasing of seafood within the hospitality industry in this region. Contact us for a copy.

Reef Surveys
We continually carry out reef surveys, monitoring various sites around the Quirimbas National Park including sites both in and outside of marine sanctuaries.

Forestry & Agriculture
We are currently supporting two primary schools to develop school farms and within our nutrition project, helping families to develop kitchen gardens. In addition we are planning to start work with local farmers to improve agricultural techniques and protect the coastal forest.