The Care for Life Model


Our Mission:
Alleviate Suffering, Promote Self Reliance, and Instill Hope

We do things a little differently.

Mozambique is one of the most poverty-stricken and underdeveloped countries in the world: ravaged by over forty years of war and armed conflicts, devastated by severe flooding from two cyclones, and attacked by regional droughts.

75 %

are unemployed*

25 %

of the adult population is HIV positive*

47 %

of the population is literate*


year life expectancy*


out of 7 children die before reaching the age of 5*


in 10 mothers die from pregnancy-related complications*

* Panos A., Panos P., Gerritsen-McKane R. & Tendai T. (2018). The Care for Life Program: An Independent, Five-Year, Controlled Outcome Study of a Holistic Community Development Program in Mozambique. 2018 Social Work Education and Social Development Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

Where Is Mozambique?

Republic of Mozambique is a country in Southeast Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west, and Swaziland and South Africa to the southwest. It is comparable in size to Turkey.

It is separated from Madagascar by the Mozambique Channel to the east. The capital and largest city is Maputo.

Mozambique is endowed with rich and extensive natural resources. The country’s economy is based largely on agriculture, but industry is growing, mainly food and beverages, chemical manufacturing and aluminum and petroleum production. Since 2001, Mozambique’s annual average GDP growth has been among the world’s highest. However, the country is still one of the poorest and most underdeveloped countries in the world,[10] ranking low in GDP per capita, human development, measures of inequality and average life expectancy.

Quick Facts

  • Mozambique faced several wars including Mozambican War of Independence (1964–1974) and Mozambican Civil War (1977–1992).
  • The Mozambique civil war led to a great setback in the primary health system in Mozambique.
  • In early 2000, a cyclone caused widespread flooding in the country, killing hundreds and devastating the already precarious infrastructure.
  • Since 2013, an insurgency by RENAMO has been occurring, mainly in the country’s central and northern regions.
  • About 12,000 refugees are now in neighboring Malawi. The UNHCR, Doctors Without Borders, and Human Rights Watch have reported that government forces have torched villages and carried out summary executions and sexual abuses.
  • Water supply and sanitation in Mozambique is characterized by low levels of access to an improved water source (estimated to be 51% in 2011), low levels of access to adequate sanitation (estimated to be 25% in 2011) and mostly poor service quality.
  • The official HIV prevalence in Mozambique in 2011 was 11.5% of the population aged between 15 and 49 years. In the southern parts of Mozambique—Maputo and Gaza provinces as well as the city of Maputo—the official figures are more than twice as high as the national average. In 2011 the health authorities estimated about 1.7 million Mozambicans were HIV-positive, of whom 600,000 were in need of anti-retroviral treatment.
  • Many children in Mozambique do not go to primary school because they have to work for their families’ subsistence farms for a living. In 2007, one million children still did not go to school, most of them from poor rural families, and almost half of all teachers in Mozambique were still unqualified.
Source: Wikipedia

    This is what Care for Life does. And we stay the course in each village (in some cases up to three years) until they can care for themselves, living healthier and more productive lives.

    How do we do this?
    The Family Preservation Program.

    Care for Life’s proven Family Preservation Program focuses on the teachings and application of eight vital areas and is taught in every village we serve:

    As you can see, it’s no small task. This holistic approach of preserving families in all facets not only encourages and enables the principle of self-reliance, but also brings about lasting change.

    Why is this holistic approach to the family important?

    Sustainable development cannot be accomplished without attention to the whole family unit. For example, winning the fight against HIV/AIDS with anti-retroviral treatment requires due attention to the improvement of food security and nutrition. Without this, you can not save an undernourished patient who does not know where to get his next meal. The improvement of one’s life cannot be approached in parts, but rather by addressing each part simultaneously.

    Working in tandem with individual families, each village has six to eight associations. These associations meet together to develop an economic plan, a savings plan and a micro-credit plan. They are mentored by CFL Field Officers and then operate independently. Each member of the association contributes to the funds, which are available to borrow to create, develop or increase their business. Each association has its own name and bylaws, which includes a charitable project that gives back to their community. These associations have donated surplus food to widows and built benches for the local health clinics all of their own accord.

        The Children’s Club:
        Because Children are the Future

        Care for life sets up The Children’s Club in all the villages we work. Often, The Children’s Club is the only form of education for many of these children. Children age nine to fourteen receive age-appropriate instruction. The children meet with instructors once a week for one and half hours of schooling in three curricula:

        The Children’s Club has brought significant and measurable changes in our villages. It brings education on subjects these children would never have been exposed to and grows their confidence in being the best they can be.

        Long-Term Results Make the Difference

        Measuring our exact impact per person served is something we do very carefully.

        Care for Life performs measurements during our biannual assessments by visiting each family in every village to determine how well they are progressing and if changes need to be made. These assessments continue for up to five years after Care for Life has established self-sufficiency and has exited a village.

        At Care for Life, we see a future in which every family has the knowledge and support necessary to satisfy their basic needs. Our vision is to become one of the world’s most impactful organizations and to serve millions of families. We know that our program works and believe that it is the most effective aid program you will ever see.

        Throughout our many years of operation, we have proven our innovative new program by serving over 5,400 families (27,000 lives), including more than 6,000 children. Yet this is only a drop in the bucket compared to the ocean of need. There are millions of families in the world who need help to rise from the depth of despair to the peak of hope and confidence.