The United States Government has awarded these scholarships in collaboration with USAID's program for orphans and vulnerable children under the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief ("Emergency Plan"). In Mozambique, orphans and vulnerable children are less likely to attend school than children with two parents, so this program provides an opportunity to 6,000 disadvantaged girls to complete their primary education. Past experience shows that girls with at least a primary-level education are better nourished, delay the birth of their first child and have fewer children, have higher incomes, and contribute more to the economic growth of their country.
Official launching of the scholarship program was held at Cidadela das Crianças, a school run by ADPP, one of our Emergency Plan partners on May 19, 2005. The 250 girls of Cidadela das Crianças will be among the over 6,000 girls across Mozambique who will receive this special assistance. The Ambassador and the USAID Deputy Director were present at the launch ceremony.