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Using a legacy from Célia Diniz, a former Chair of the Board of Micaia Foundation who devoted her life to education, we have established a scholarship fund to offer girls the chance of secondary school education. The Celia Diniz Scholarship Fund will provide a guarantee for the full costs of 5 years of secondary school, subject to the girls passing the examinations at key stages.

In 2020, we began with five girls. In their first year at school, just outside of Chimoio, they have gained so much confidence, not to mention knowledge and friends. It is exciting to witness this transformation, and we want to create opportunities for many more girls. 

The cost per student, including accommodation, food, uniforms, and books, is £80 per month – a small cost for a life-changing opportunity. 

We welcome all contributions large and small, and we guarantee that every £ contributed to this appeal will go to the Scholarship Fund.

Please see the Scholarship Fund Campaign for more information, and please check Micaia's Facebook page for occasional updates. 

Thank you!


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Célia Diniz Scholarship Fund for Girls from Micaia

Micaia works in central Mozambique. In many communities in which we have projects, life is very hard indeed, and most people live below the poverty line. In Guro and Tambara districts, for example, where Baobab Products Mozambique (BPM), one of Eco-Micaia’s social enterprises, buys baobab fruit, very few children get the chance to go to secondary school. And this situation is even worse for girls. In a deeply patriarchal society, priority is given to educating boys. Girls are the first to drop out of school, sometimes for early marriage or because of pregnancy, but often for economic reasons. Yet we know that educating girls is the best way to change society.

The money earned from baobab sales is the main source of cash for most of the 3,000+ women who sell to BPM. Less than 5% of the women baobab collectors can read or write, and one of their priorities is to make sure their children go to school. The money the women earn helps keep children in primary school. Unfortunately, even if the children are eligible for secondary school, it is almost impossible for families to meet the challenges of getting their children into secondary education. Too few schools means costly boarding – beyond the means of all but a few families – on top of which there are books, uniform and other costs.

Using a legacy from Célia Diniz, a former Chair of the Board of Micaia Foundation who devoted her life to education, we have established a scholarship fund to offer girls the chance of secondary school education. The Celia Diniz Scholarship Fund will provide a guarantee for the full costs of 5 years of secondary school, subject to the girls passing the examinations at key stages.

The cost per student, including accommodation, food, uniforms, and books, is c£80 per month – a small cost for a life-changing opportunity. We welcome all contributions large and small, and we guarantee that every £ contributed to this appeal will go to the Scholarship Fund. Thank you!