Here's an introduction to the girls we support.
On June 28th, after performing an extensive due diligence, the Global Fund for Women awarded the Lurdes Mutola Foundation (FLM) a grant of $8,000 to fund ongoing activities of the Mais Escola para Mim program. Friends of Lurdes Mutola Foundation and FLM are very proud for having their work recognized by such a prestigious organization [...] Read more »
We welcome your financial support of our programs to promote education and economic opportunities for the youth of Mozambique.
Cristina Ballerio, Treasurer
All gifts to our foundation are tax-deductible. You can also send your donations by checks to:
Friends of Lurdes Mutola Foundation
2651 Elmdale Court
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Friends of Lurdes Mutola Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity (EIN:26-1375038)
Based on the first class of students who started the 3-year program in 2007, we can announce some excellent results. Of the 20 girls admitted to the program, we are about to graduate 17, only two got pregnant during their participation and one dropped out. Within the same time period, out of the 22 applicants who were not admitted because of capacity limitation, 17 got pregnant, married, or both
We started with only the goal to educate girls, but now we realize that the Mais Escola para Mim program is indeed a cultural norm changing program. One of the main reasons for giving secondary education to girls in rural districts is to break the vicious cycle of illiteracy, child marriage, pregnancy and poverty. Your donation will help us support more students in this life-changing program.
Our program provides living facilities at walking distance from the secondary school of Magude for three classes of 20 students each. Our girls come from a large rural area and the program offers safe boarding, food, clothing, school supplies, a live-in social worker for each class and extra curricular activities such as career skill building, SRH/HIV prevention. Through these programs we can create a virtuous cycle of sustainable systemic change for women in Mozambique. The boost in the girls' self-confidence enables them to understand the importance of economic independence and to dare dream of becoming doctors, scientists and teachers, and in turn becoming role models to others in their villages.