23 November 2007 - Cabo Delgado, the northernmost province, suffers the highest rates of human poverty in the country. In 2003, the percentage of people living below the national poverty line in Cabo Delgado was reported at 63.1% compared to the 54 % reported nationally. It is estimated that Cabo Delgado has a per capita Gross National Product of less than half of the national average.
Eliane Damasceno, Director of the Entrepreneur Development Initiative (EDI) of the Aga Khan Foundation, welcomes His Highness the Aga Khan to the São João Baptista Fort. The old Portuguese fort is now an important tourist attraction where several silversmiths come daily to produce their crafts.
23 November 2007 – His Highness the Aga Khan, founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims, yesterday visited development projects in remote areas of Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province — one of the poorest and most isolated in the country.
The Aga Khan toured the Natungo village, a settlement of mud and bamboo huts inside the Quissanga National Park populated by 755 people, virtually all of them Sunni Muslims. The entire population gathered at the main square to greet the Ismaili leader who congratulated the villagers on the progress they have made in improving living conditions over the past few years and urged them to send more of their children to school. The Aga Khan Development Network has been active in the village since 2003, managing education and poverty reduction projects.
The village chief, Henriques Gutura, said the villagers were better off today than a few years ago with a decent school building, an early education programme and more modern land tilling techniques. “For us, the Aga Khan presence means that we have better health, more education and better agricultural techniques,” he said.
Later in the day, the Aga Khan then flew by helicopter to the remote Ibo Island, just north of the small town of Pemba in the Quirimbas Archipelago where he was warmly received by villagers and the Island’s administrator. At the Ibo Fort, he spent time with several villagers who had benefited from loans from the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance (AKAM). They included traditional silversmiths who had maintained their exceptional filigree work skills, carpenter groups, fisherman, and crafts groups, all of whom had increased their standards of living in the last few years as a result of small loans. “I used to have a thatched roof, and now I have a corrugated iron roof,” said one fisherman.
From official Ismaili Muslim Community Website: theIsmaili.org
Thursday 22 November 2007
This was the day eagerly awaited by the Jamat of Mozambique and all those who had made the special visit from other countries to see their Imam. Thousands of murids from Mozambique, Portugal and across the world, gathered in the once empty premises of the Texlon factory, now splendidly renovated and decorated for the occasion. President Amirali Bhanji of the Ismaili Council for Portugal submitted a loyalty address on behalf of the Mozambique Jamat, which falls in that Country’s area of jurisdiction. As he arrived into the hall, Hazar Imam took the time to look at a display of paintings and works of art by children of all ages from the Mozambique Jamat.
Later in the day, Mawlana Hazar Imam departed for Pemba and was received by the Governor of Cabo Delgado province, Eliseu Joaquim Machava.
At the official website of the Ismaili Muslim Community: TheIsmaili.Org
Translated from Portuguese from the source.
The President of the Republic, Armando Guebuza, says the visit of the leader of the Aga Khan Network for Development will allow an exchange of ideas about the impact of projects developed by the organization in Mozambique. Armando Guebuza spoke Tuesday, in Maputo, during the banquet hosted in honor of His Highness the Aga Khan.
Media article in Portuguese, translated via Google from the source.
Maputo, 21 Nov (Lusa) – The Prince Karim Aga Khan, spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims today announced in Maputo that the foundation will build in the next year, a factory of clothing for export, in Mozambique.
This plant, said, employ, initially, 700 Mozambican women.
Speaking today in a banquet hosted by the Mozambican President, Armando Guebuza, Karim Aga Khan said that the project will start in June of next year, “but its success will depend on the partnership, through a working environment facilitator” by the executive Mozambique .
The spiritual leader of Muslims ismaelitas started on Monday a visit of four days to Mozambique, to visit some of the most emblematic projects sponsored by the foundation bearing his name.
Complete at the source
Translated via Google from the source.
The Aga Khan Network for Development (AKDN) is about to start a program to extend the circuit of units of existing tourism and safari in East Africa to Mozambique, which will be facilitated through the establishment of the Unity Bridge, linking Mozambique and Tanzania. The fact was announced during the visit of His Highness the Aga Khan held from Tuesday to our country, during which reaffirmed that organization involved in programs of economic and social development.
According to information that we were provided on the talks that dignitaries had with the President of the Republic, Armando Guebuza, is still investment to be carried out by AKDN the establishment of a new factory of clothing for export, which employ, initially, some of 700 women. The project will start in June and is already underway necessary.
With regard to the area of tourism, Aga Khan believes that the Bridge of Unity will stimulate progress beyond the borders of Mozambique and Tanzania. With the bridge, according argued, investments in the area of leisure and tourism in southern Tanzania may generate multiplier effect in Mozambique.
Translated via Google from the source.
His Highness the Aga Khan, the hereditary Imam of Ismaili Muslims, who is in Mozambique since yesterday, reaffirmed support for development programs underway in the country, and soon will launch new projects in the areas for social, cultural and economic development. Aga Khan was received yesterday in courtesy by the Head of State, Armando Guebuza, with whom he exchanged views on the situation in Mozambique, and especially on the progress in cooperation with our country, which has been carried out by the Aga Khan Network for the Development.
Speaking at the banquet hosted in his honor, the President of the Republic, Armando Guebuza, welcomed the efforts which are being undertaken in the country by the Aga Khan Network, which are encouraging signs for a wider cooperation, diversified and sustainable, that including the areas of health, development of entrepreneurship and microfinance, the network activities that benefit about 100 thousand Mozambicans.
For its part, Aga Khan considered Mozambique an example valuable for the developing world because learned to set priorities considered. Of the projects in view, Aga Khan mentioned the establishment of a garment factory, investments in the sector of energy, telecommunications and the establishment of a bank of microfinance in northern Mozambique.
The visit of Aga Khan, at a time when he is to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of, comes at the invitation of the Head of State, Armando Guebuza, who has expressed his recognition to the friendship and continued support by the President of the Republic, government and other partners in the project he leads.
Aga Khan’s Visit to Mozambique
|23 November 2007
His Highness meets with rural communities in Cablo Delgado, one of Mozambique’s most vulnerable provinces (slide show) Video
20 November 2007
Excerpt loosely translated via Google.
Maputo (Mozambique Channel) – The spiritual leader of Ismailis, His Royal Highness Aga Khan, is expected to be in Maputo today for an official visit of 4 days at the invitation of the President of the Republic, Armando Guebuza.
During this visit, Aga Khan will be congregating with the members of the Ismaili Community and with high representatives of the Moçambicano Government. The visit to Moçambique is fit in the diverse visits that the Leader Spiritual of the Ismaili Community will go to carry through, since that it completed 50 years, as Imam of the Muslim Community Shia Imami Ismaili, in July of 2007