Video produced by ASEM Canada in 2012
At ASEM Mozambique, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place for all.
How does one begin to describe the plight of orphans around the world?
To date, there is an estimated 150-153 million of them globally, with about 56 million of them in Sub-Saharan Africa, 5.5 million in MENA, 26.9 million in East Asia and the Pacific, 40.8 million in South Asia, 6.8 million in the former USSR, and 7.8 million in Latin America and the Caribbean. However, around 1.2 million trafficked children, 150 million street children worldwide and tens of thousands of child soldiers remain undocumented.
In Mozambique alone, in a population of around 25.8 million, 8 percent are orphans.
Mozambique is the place where the story of Swiss national Barbara Hofmann and the children’s charity she founded way back in 1990 called the “Association en faveur de l’Enfance Mozambicaine” (ASEM) or “Association for the Children of Mozambique” begins and continues.
Since its beginning up today, ASEM has helped over 172,000 children at its Centers, Schools, through education, psychological support & health care, shelter, vocational training and/or occasional support.
Hundreds and hundreds of children have been helped to rejoin their families and being reintegrated into their community.
Currently, ASEM helps over 6000 direct beneficiaries simultaneously through its daily activities by providing schooling, vocational training, food, medical support, psychological and moral rehabilitation and approximately 300,000 indirect beneficiaries’ since its beginning.
ASEM works with a professional staff of exclusively Mozambican citizens with the only exception of Barbara Hofmann.
Drops create rivers, and rivers create oceans... so one person can change the course of the world.