You may have read earlier this month about the importance corporate partnerships make for Food for the Hungry (FH). Of course we do a lot of work with government organizations and other nongovernmental organizations, but many companies from the private sector also make a huge impact in the fight against all forms of human poverty. One such organization is Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.
Anadarko has partnered with FH in Mozambique to teach good hygiene and sanitation practices.
Anadarko is an American oil and gas exploration and production company headquartered in Texas. In an effort to invest in the community and help impoverished people around the globe, Anadarko began partnering with FH in 2013 to complete a health and education project in Mozambique.
“A Baseline Health Survey in local villages of the Afungi peninsula and Palma district of Mozambique indicated a high prevalence of intestinal ailments and malnutrition in addition to poor knowledge of preventative health, hygiene and sanitation,” Anadarko’s website says of their motivation to partner with FH.
In order to combat this serious health issue, Anadarko helped fund the creation of care groups, where mothers of children under 5 and pregnant women are taught good hygiene and sanitation practices. Those women are then able to teach others in their community.
“To date, 33 care groups have been formed in 10 communities and more than 350 mother leaders have been trained, thereby reaching more than 3,000 women,” their website says.
A mother leader from Anadarko’s project with FH teaches her care group about health.
This is making a huge change in the community.
A report from August 2014 said that 70 percent of mothers are using soap or ash in hand washing. Additionally, 69 percent of women are treating their drinking water to cleanse impurities and 80 percent are storing that water in clean containers. These practices that are so common in the United States were not common knowledge in Mozambique before this project.
Another big change is the stigma around women participating in construction. 30 percent of families have a traditional pit latrine, but only 1 percent have improved latrines. According to the report, this was because it was traditional for men to perform all construction in the home, but because they work so often, they were unable to build latrines.
“In response though, the women have formed ‘help’ groups amongst themselves where they collaborate in constructing latrines for each other with the help of the community facilitator,” the report said.
It is partnerships like these that help make a huge difference in meeting spiritual and physical hungers worldwide. You can help too. Click to find out how you or your organization can partner with Food for the Hungry to fight global poverty.