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U.S. Embassy and Moreira Chonguiça Foundation Bolster Creative Industries for Youth in Cabo Delgado Province
Ambassador Peter Vrooman takes a selfie with Moreira Chonguiça, members of the Cultural Exodus, and Embassy staff.

Ambassador Peter Vrooman takes a selfie with Moreira Chonguiça, members of the Cultural Exodus, and Embassy staff.

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February 5, 2024

PRESS RELEASE

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U.S. Embassy and Moreira Chonguiça Foundation Bolster Creative Industries for Youth in Cabo Delgado Province

February 05, 2024 – The U.S. Embassy has established a partnership with the Moreira Chonguiça Foundation to develop the creative industries sector in Cabo Delgado through the project, Cultural Exodus.  In 2023, the Embassy awarded the Foundation with a grant to mentor at least 30 young artists in Pemba and surrounding districts on how to use their talents to uplift their communities, generate income. Ten of the participants traveled to Maputo city last week to learn more about the creative industries sector.

“By coming to coming to Maputo you are serving as Cabo Delgado’s Ambassadors,” said the U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique Peter H. Vrooman during a reception for the artists. “It wasn’t easy to get here.  I know you faced barriers and challenges.  But you didn’t give up. This example of resilience, of continuing even in the face of difficulties, will show others that, once again, anything is possible.”

The partnership between the U.S. Embassy and the Moreira Chonguiça Foundation focuses also on elevating music as an important tool for entrepreneurship, leadership, and financial autonomy in Cabo Delgado, which has been combatting violent extremism since 2017.

This Cultural Exodus grant is part of the United States’ stability fund, formally called the U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability. This 10-year strategy allots funds to advance partnership needed to address conflicts in five regions, including Mozambique. Launched in 2022 by the White House, the United States has invested in programs like the creation of a youth basketball league, the construction of a new secondary school, training for security forces and local government officials, support for youth start-up businesses, and the reestablishment of a community radio station, among other programs.

The Government of the United States of America reiterates its commitment to working together with Mozambicans to promote peace, build resilience and strengthen hope.

For more information about this press release, please contact the U.S. Embassy Maputo Press Office at MaputoPress@state.gov.

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