Monday 6th May 2019

Mozambique after the devastation 

Mozambique continues to suffer from the damage caused by Cyclone Idai. The situation remains critical fifty days after the devastation, and its effects are still being felt in the central region of the country.



On 25th April, tropical Cyclone Kenneth destroyed the coastal Cabo Delgado Province in the north, severely affecting several districts, including the island of Ibo.

Mozambique is suffering consequences of various natural disasters that have been sweeping the African continent. With Cyclone Idai completely destroying inland Mozambique in March, a new meteorological event has had a devastating impact on the coastal north.

This natural disaster has taken the lives of 38 individuals, as well as leaving over 168,000 homeless and completely exposed to the elements. People have lost access to a stable food supply, as well as education, sanitation and infrastructure. Communications, electric systems and transport links are no longer functioning, leaving the island completely cut off. On the island itself, over 80% of buildings have been affected, two people have died, and more than 3000 people now find themselves homeless, a situation which directly impacts their livelihoods.

Despite the meteorological forecast saying the cyclone has now passed through the region, heavy rains are expected, which will increase the flood risk. The population is also exposed to illnesses linked to a lack of drinking water, as well as those resulting from poor sanitation, which increases the likelihood of diseases such as malaria.

The cyclone’s effects on the IBO Foundation are not restricted to our socioeconomic development projects. Many of the buildings in which we carry out our major activities, such as the Trade School, the Plant Nursery, the Nutritional Support Centre, and the accommodation for staff and volunteers, have been destroyed. All staff still on the island are working to help residents regain a sense of stability.

Next steps

The IBO Foundation, having been committed to improving the lives of Ibo residents for the past 19 years, is setting out a new strategy that focuses on rebuilding and reorganization, as well as supporting individuals who have lost everything in the past few days, with the aim of stabilizing the situation for residents, activists and collaborators.

It is for this reason that we are sharing here the payment details for those willing to make a donation to support our work. Your money will go towards:

  • Guaranteeing our presence as the most significant organization on Ibo island, allowing us to help the individuals most affected by repairing their homes and reestablishing access to basic services. We will carry out our work alongside the local administration.
  • Rebuilding the social infrastructures managed by the IBO Foundation, so that we can continue all of our social development projects.
  • Helping rebuild public infrastructure, including health centers, schools, and water and sanitation systems alongside the local administration.

Your HELP at this time is essential.

Account Name: SOS-IBO.

IBAN. Number: ES3601824585580201524921


You can also help us spread the word on social media, using the hashtags #sosibo and #kenneth.



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The well-known artista Ina Color Will be presenting her latest series of handmade porcelain sculptures in Barcelona, inspired by the Ibo District where she carried out a volunteering project supported by the IBO Foundation.

The self-taught Catalan artist was living on Ibo – part of the Quirimbas archipelago in Mozambique – for three months, during which her passion for the creative world intensified and she discovered the artistic credentials of the children living there. ‘Ibo is an island full of artists, and a source of inspiration for all who visit. In my work, I express not only the island, but the influence of its residents’.

The exhibition, entitled ‘IBO, AN ISLAND OF ARTISTS’, will take place in a space donated by Lux Habitat, 2, Plaça Sant Jaume. It will be open to the public for a week, from Thursday 29th November.

It’s the second time that the ‘artist of the light’, as she calls herself, is collaborating with the organisation, raising funds through the sales of her work. She did the same last year with the painting exhibition ‘Colours for Ibo’. Once again, the profits will go to the IBO Foundation’s development projects which work to improve people’s quality of life on the island.

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What were your reasons for becoming a volunteer?

I wanted to bring my experience to an organisation in a sector where I have been working for several years. At the same time, it would be a chance to work in a new place with a completely different group.

I also think that you receive far more from volunteering than what you give; that has always been my impression, at least. It sounds rather egotistical, so it’s taken me a while to come out and say this.

Why did you choose to volunteer at the Ibo Foundation?

On the one hand, it was an offer that fitted my profile and current sitation very well. Also, after visiting their website, I grew a real interest in the type of work that they do, and the interview carried out by the coordoinator was a very motivational experience.

What did your volunteering project with the Ibo Foundation involve?

It consisted of identifying a project that would improve access to drinking water and sanitation in Ibo. Along with major organisations: institutions, administration, community leaders, religious leaders, women’s groups, we identified the main problems in this area, and possible solutions. With this as a starting point, we began work on a project proposal to secure funding.

How do you think you have helped the Ibo community?

I’ve brought my experience of Project Management and Planning in the International Development sector, which I hope will translate into the execution of a new project that will improve access to drinking water.

As a volunteer on the ground, how would you describe the Ibo Foundation’s role, and what is its impact on island residents?

I would describe it as a responsable organisation with lots of experience in the area. I would say it has a significant positive impact on residents, all the more so since it is one of the few groups working in the zone.

Out of all the time you’ve spent on the island, what’s your most cherished memory?

Aside from all the people I’ve been getting to know out here, specifically related to my experience would be a meeting with all the community leaders from the island’s neighbourhoods, which was very successful and involved a Kmwani-Portuguese translator.

I also really enjoyed the experience and welcome I received from the women when we visited a mosque during prayer. I had a truly exceptional colleague, who was caring, deeply committed and extremely kind.




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Monday 1 April 2019

Spain sends START Team to Mozambique

Before the first cases of cholera and other diseases caused by a poor water supply and a lack of hygeine infrastructure appear, aid organisations are working in areas affected by Cyclone Idai. A recent intervention has involved sending a START team to the city of Beira, made possible by Spanish aid efforts. The team will be running a field hospital which will respond to people’s healthcare needs.

Monday 1 April 2019

The association Africa Without Borders organises a food and resources collection point for Mozambique

In response to the alarming situation on Mozambique after Cyclone Idai, the association Africa Without Borders has organised a collection of food and resources to be sent to people affected by the disaster.

Collection point and meeting time 

NauBostik – Carrer Ferran Turné, 11, 08027 Barcelona

Collection times 11:00-19.00

• Non-perishable foods
– Rice
– Flour
– Sugar
– Cooking oil
– Tinned foods (please ensure they are within the use-by date)

• Other resources
– Clothes
– Shoes
– Blankets, sheets and quilts
– Mosquito nets
– Wellington boots, umbrellas, and waterproof clothing

• School materials
– Exercise books
– Pencils
– Pencil sharpeners
– Erasers

• Toiletries / Domestic equipment
– Soap
– Candles
– Lighters
– Water purification capsules (very important)
– Tents

• Medicines: those that contain instructions of use from the pharmacy

Tuesday 26th March 2019


These are the plans for Beira, the city destroyed by Cyclone Idai

The destruction of the Mozambique city demonstrated the urgency needed in investing in disaster management measures


Monday 25th March 2019


The lake created by Cyclone Idai, viewed from space

The storm has already killed over 600 people



Monday, 25th March 2019

Cyclone Idai reached Mozambique on the 14th March, causing huge damage and devastating large parts of the port city of Beira, one of the country’s main urban zones, in Sofala province. Initial assessments of the damages indicate that the floods have already killed hundreds of people, affecting over 600,000 people, who are now eprived of basic services and have lost their livelihoods. Help is urgently needed to avert catastrophic effects on health and security.

Humanitarian organisations in the area are carrying out emergency response operations, consisting mainly of reestablishing communications, and providing food, water and health services to people affected.

The Ibo Foundation has not been directly affected by Cyclone Idai on Ibo, but it stands in solidarity with those suffering its effects, and has offered to publicise the aid channels set up by the Red Cross for people to offer their support.

You can follow news on Cyclona Idai in Mozambique through our webpage.

If you would like to make a donation, follow this link to the Red Cross.

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What were your reasons for volunteering?

I wanted to be a volunteer after learning about the internal workings of an NGO focused on sustainable, local development. I have experience in art and agriculture, and I would like to direct my skills towards implementing positive change. My desire is to create solutions to change the world. I want to learn and experience first hand how to respond to these challenges, and, more specifically, what I can do to help.

Why did you choose the Ibo Foundation to do your volunteer work for?

Through other people, I got to know the IBO Foundation and as I deepened my knowledge about it, I was attracted to its values and projects. I also like to volunteer at the headquarters in Barcelona, and I would also like to be able to work on the ground too (in Ibo). I believe that this is a great opportunity to learn from both sides of the foundation and to know how the headquarters and on the ground staff are interconnected.

What tasks did you undertake as a volunteer for the IBO Foundation?

I am currently translating the website from Spanish into English so that the Foundation has greater international reach. This work has also been useful for me in learning more about the goals of the foundation and better understanding Ibo’s situation. I hope that my contribution in making the website accessible in English will promote greater international collaboration with other organizations.

What has stood out to you about this experience with the IBO Foundation?

I have only been in the foundation for three weeks, but I have already learned many aspects of development cooperation and the operation of a foundation. I am particularly interested in the different projects that are being carried out in Ibo, and the way in which they interrelate.

What improvements do you think you bring to the Foundation as a volunteer?

I believe that the work of Fundación IBO is essential for the sustainable development of the local population, and I have had the opportunity to learn first-hand about the various ways in which the Foundation promotes positive changes.

I am particularly interested in promoting food security and agriculture. I believe that farmers not only have the seeds for change, but they are often the seeds of change. I would very much like to incorporate sustainable agricultural techniques and methodologies to improve crop yields and the livelihood of the people of Ibo. I think this is an important step in eradicating poverty. This could include access to better seeds, organic fertilizers, irrigation systems, storage management, harvest techniques, crop varieties, market creation, etc.

Would you like to stay linked to the IBO Foundaton when you have finished your volunteer work?

Yes of course! I would really like to continue working with the Foundation to see how the projects develop on the island, and I really hope to be able to do my bit to help soon.

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What were your reasons for working as a volunteer?

I have always thought that dedicating free time to helping others is something that makes you feel good about yourself, and I also considered it interesting to work as a volunteer in the offices of the foundation instead of on the ground. This is mainly because it is the place where the resources are managed and the actions that are carried out in the field are planned, allowing us to give support to those who need it most.

Why did you choose the IBO foundation to do your volunteer work with?

With someone’s support, I was able to get in touch with the foundation, and I thought that it would be easier to understand the workings of a relitively small entity like the IBO Foundation. In fact, working at the headquarters in Barcelona has allowed me to understand the different departments directly and the connection between the Barcelona office and the ground team in Ibo.

What action have you undertaken as a volunteer with the IBO Foundation?

Together with the Foundation’s communication manager, I have been able to work on the thinking behind, and development, of a project related to food issues. I hope that it can contribute to the Nutrition Support Center (CANI) that the Foundation manages on the island of Ibo

What stands out for you the most about this experience with the IBO Foundation

Thanks to this challenge I learned how to create a humanitarian project from scratch and what the necessary requirements are to create a network of external collaborators.

What improvements could you bring to the Foundation as a volunteer?

I realized that I need to expand my specific training so that I can make changes in the places where I work. I am very motivated to start other studies that will allow me to work in the humanitarian field and maybe one day I will have the chance to work for the greater success of the Foundation.

Would you like to stay connected to the IBO Foundation when you have finished your volunteer work?

Absolutely! My experience in Fundación IBO has been very interesting and I am excited to see the results of the campaign I participated in.

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As of September 2018, the IBO Foundation’s gender strategy will receive a new drive from the Andorran government in its fight against discrimination and gender violence in the district of Ibo.

For one more year, this valuable collaboration will organise activities to promote women’s and girls’ rights, strving towards a life free from violence. It is an initiative aimed at prevention, awareness and education, for women and men, to reduce the gender inequality existing in a socioeconomic context of poverty and deficiencies in basic public services.

The project is based on existing public and private policies, instruments and actors, through which it intends to give a more effective response to women and girls who are victims of discrimination and gender violence. For this reason, awareness-raising activities and training programmes aimed at women’s councils and comprehensive care networks have been suggested.

For the first time, the three main islands of the district (Ibo, Matemo and Quirimba) will have operational public agencies which will encourage civil society to act for the promotion, defense and care of women and girls who are victims of violence. In addition, we plan to hold a gender forum at a District level.

The project will indirectly benefit the population of the District, which is currently estimated at 12,000 people, among which 52% are women. It will also more directly benefit around 50 women and 50 girls, 80 members of councils and assistance networks, 20 public officials and 25 gender activists.

Furthermore, our Nutritional Assistance Center of Ibo (CANI) deserves a special mention as it has become a community center for women who will benefit from our maternal and child health programs. It will also be important for those who receive training and empowerment through occupational workshops and training in rights and gender.

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Volunteer work in Ibo

Volunteer work is a strategic decision that contributes to achieving the overall objective of the IBO foundation. Since we started, our organization has used volunteers to collaborate with its projects on the island of Ibo, where they stay for a few months, mainly in the summer season. The benefit of this collaboration is mutual, since it offers significant value to the organization in the identification and execution of development cooperation projects and constitutes an important life experience for the volunteers themselves and the local community in which they undertake their volunteering. These collaborations produce exchanges of knowledge, skills, creativity, thinking and culture, which have also had an impact on the character and direction of our organization.

This year the IBO Foundation has decided to make a strong commitment to this human capital that is already part of our DNA and to better define our volunteering policy. To begin with, the management of this resource has been improved, creating procedures and monitoring tools, following the regulations of the law of volunteering and giving greater visibility in our media channels and social networks. We have placed greater emphasis on the selection process due to the large number of volunteering offers that we have received. Criteria for the selection of profiles that can adapt more satisfactorily to the context and that can make a greater contribution to our projects have been established. We think that the more effective this contribution is, the greater the commitment will be from the volunteer and the experience will be more enriching for both parties.

For this reason we have to view the volunteer as an “influencer” to improve their loyalty from the moment they start their commitment to the organization, and so they also maintain it once their volunteering is over. The people that are looked for are people with personal aims that fit into our strategic programmes of education, economic promotion, nutritional health and gender.

The volunteer has to present their goals alongside their final objectives, and at the same time commits to fulfilling their economic commitments, promoting through crowdfunding and fundraising tools through their personal circles. This allows them to disseminate their personal project framed in the strategy of the Foundation, whilst also disseminating about the organisation as whole. From the moment the volunteer commits to their project and the organization, they are already generating coverage and expanding the circle of influence of their project. These actions are aimed at obtaining more resources and generating a greater impact in Ibo.

At the same time, their experiences in the field are followed up through social networks, generating knowledge about what they do. Once the volunteer work is over, they have to continue working towards these objectives, keeping them alive and assessing the impact achieved and spreading it in their circles.

With this improvement of our volunteering policy, based mainly on the specialization of our volunteering, with greater responsibility and commitment, we intend to grow with more people who are committed followers of our mission. This will lead to a greater impact in circles of influence and greater generation of resources, knowledge, exchanges … that allow us advance and increase the impact of our work in Ibo.

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Thank you for helping us complete the plate!

We hope that this post finds you already enjoying the summer or ready for it.

The “Complete the plate” challenge set to us by migranodearena.org, funded by the Real Dreams Foundation, has finished with the presentation of a photograph that summarizes the spirit of our project, the will and enthusiasm of our team and the gratitude of all those people we are trying to help improve their nutritional status.

Even better is that the Real Dreams Foundation has awarded us the prize of 1,500 additional euros, reaching a total of 6,165 euros, in support of the campaign to improve the nutrition of children and mothers driven through the programs at our Nutritional Assistance Center of IBO. This is a total that is 77% of the total figure we set ourselves as a challenge.

We reiterate our gratitude to all the people who have contributed and we want to let you share in this amazing accomplishment.

Thank you!

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