Place of Joy

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Meet Ramizia & Helena

In the Sofala region of Mozambique, one out of four babies dies before the age of five. Josefa, knows this all too well. Her first two children did not make it to their fifth birthdays.

Instead of letting this heartbreak consume her, Josefa has devoted her life to giving help and hope to other moms and babies in need. She is now a primary nurse at the Tessa Grace Nutrition Center in Dondo, Mozambique. 

Every week, Josefa and her her friend, Pascoa, conduct home visits, provide check ups, and teach young moms how to care and cook for their children. Not only that, but they also teach the Word of God to the mothers in their weekly Bible study. If you ask Josefa, she works at Tessa Grace not only to provide medical care, but to equip mothers so they can parent well. 

Since 2010, thanks to our staff, 248 healthy children have graduated from the Tessa Grace Nutrition Program. But there are more to save. Savane is a two day walk from the Tessa Grace center where Josefa works. There are many babies in this village who need medical help, nutritional care, and to know Christ’s love. But traveling this distance wears on the mothers as they make the journey with an infant strapped to their back. After sunset, the road becomes perilous with muggings and other dangers. For most mothers this walk for help simply is not possible. To save the lives of these babies, we launched the Tessa Grace Savane Nutrition Center in the fall of 2016.

For $25 a month you can help take care of mothers and babies at Tessa Grave Savane. Your gift insures weekly check ups, formula, cooking classes, and lessons on how to care for their children. 

Will you join us?

  • ABOUT PLACE OF JOY

    The Tessa Grace Nutrition Center began in Dondo, Mozambique in 2010. An American family suffered the loss of their granddaughter, Tessa Grace, at birth. This heartache spurred their desire to make a difference in the lives of mothers and babies around the world.

    On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, moms walk from all over the Sofala region to come to Tessa Grace. Many travel 50 miles each week. Once at the center babies are weighed, checked for medical issues, given formula and our Miracle-Mix nutritional supplement to add to porridge, soups and other foods.

    In this part of the world, poor nutrition is responsible for nearly half of the deaths of children under 5. Miracle-Mix is our “magic” weapon against this reality. It is a powder consisting of rice, peanuts, corn and moringa leaves. Moringa trees naturally grow in regions of deep poverty. The nutrient-packed leaves can be picked, dried and added to any cooked food. Using our Miracle-Mix in their daily meals gives these babies a chance to grow healthy and strong.

    Because of the Tessa Grace Nutrition program, the number of babies lost due to malnutrition is at an all time low. But the work is not over. You can be part of it. Please consider.