Child Grant improves the live of 17-year-old Agneta Agostinho

Child Grant program for children 0 to 2 years is changing the lives of families in Lalaua.

Claudio Fauvrelle
Subsídio Para Crianças dos 0 aos 2 anos melhora a vida de famílias em Nampula
UNICEF Mozambique/2021/Gerson Nhancale
15 October 2021

Nampula, Lalaua – “Last year I was forced to drop out of school because I had to take care of my 2-year-old sister Maria and other children that live with me,” said 17 years old Agneta Agostinho, who lives in Lalaua village, in Nampula province. Agneta was visibly emotional when she started describing how her life has been in the last 2 years, “when my mother died in 2019, Maria was less than one month old, and it was extremely complicated for us. I had to grow up and start taking responsibilities here at home”.

“My wife died some days after she gave birth to Maria. We had to make some difficult decisions, one of them was to ask Agneta to drop out of school to take care of the children,” said Agostinho Fabião, Agnetaˈs father, who currently is unemployed, and to provide for his family he works with local farming and depends on the seasons, if the rain is irregular and low, the production is also low. 

In the past two years, Agneta has been among many other women receiving the child grant cash transfer in Lalaua village. When the National Institute of Social Action (INAS) announced that there would be enrollment for the Child Grant program for children 0 to 2 years, with financial support from the Government of Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands, Agostinho took Agneta and Maria to the enrollment post in Lalaua village. He managed to enroll Maria and put Agneta as the principal beneficiary as she was the one taking care of the child. “When we started receiving the grant, we were able to buy food and clothes for my children, the money helped us a lot. I was afraid that I would lose Maria, but with the money we received from the child grant, we managed to take care and feed Maria until she was 2 years old,” said Agostinho Fabiao.

Today, Agneta is back in school and attending 9th grade this year. She dreams of becoming a nurse, “I want to help other people and take care of them,” said Agneta.

“This family is one of the target families in the case management and we are following the social situation closely. We are happy because the family decided to let Agneta go back to school. We will continue providing guidance via the case management component through INAS“ said Dalila Fernando Colete, a technician at the District Health, Women and Social Action (SDSMAS) Lalaua.