Angola

30%

of the population live in absolute poverty on less than roughly £1.45 a day

150

the position on the Human Development Index (out of 186 nations), which measures a country’s development through a number of factors

51%

of the population do not have safe access to safe drinking water

83

out of every 1,000 children die before their fifth birthday

About Angola

Angola’s recent existence has been characterised by protracted warfare, both before and after its independence in 1975. After independence it fell almost immediately into a civil war which effectively lasted until 2002.

The colonial period (of more than 400 years) created remarkably little of lasting benefit to the country as a whole, and the Portuguese’ departure in 1975 left behind miniscule levels of technical and administrative training or capacity. The first government of the newly independent Angola adopted a Marxist ideology and began the process of building a new country. The only part of the economy which remained largely untouched by the turmoil was the oil industry. While the country embarked on a radical Marxist experiment, oil production continued to follow a fully capitalist model – funding the country’s radical political shift.

The church, meanwhile, made a significant contribution to health and education in the latter part of the 20th century, and while much of its infrastructure and service was damaged through the ravages of the protracted civil war, it continues to provide an important contribution to those sectors.

The economy is almost entirely dependent on income from offshore oil, with some further income from diamond mining in the north-east of the country. The national reconstruction programme since 2002 has been based on expected income from these sources. Results include a restoration of the national road network and more universities. However a plunge in the oil price has led to major cutbacks in health and education, along with vital fuel subsidies.

These changes have exacerbated the already poor state of the health system. The country has battled outbreaks of yellow fever and malaria during 2015 and 2016, with reports in 2017 of the Zika virus having reached the country.

How we do it

Church & Community Transformation

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HIV

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Advocacy

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Disaster Risk Reduction

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Our Work in Angola

Tearfund currently works through four church-based partner organisations in Angola.

Churches envisioned
Our key aim is to equip Angola’s churches to become radical agents of change and empower their local communities to escape poverty. We do this through Tearfund’s Church and Community Transformation (CCT) programme.

We have been rolling out CCT with our partners, organising training and conferences to give them a vision for this remarkable work.

Churches and partners are being trained and equipped to better cope with and reduce their long-term vulnerabilities to disasters – both natural disaster and man-made conflicts.

We are running a livelihoods project in communities across the Huila province of southern central Angola. This project reduces poverty by teaching simple income generation skills. Participants also learn how to increase their food production through more effective agricultural practices. In addition, there is a focus on reducing inequality, violence and prejudice within the communities.

Policies changed
Our partners are working to advocate for proper HIV testing and treatment policy. They are also working to reduce stigma and discrimination towards those living with HIV/AIDS.

Disasters responded to
We have been working in northern Angola helping to resettle returning migrants into communities through education, housing and support for livelihoods. The migrants had moved to the Democratic Republic of Congo during the civil war, but UNHCR-facilitated repatriation has brought them back, requiring a process of reintegration.

OUR PARTNERS IN ANGOLA: UIEA, ISTEL & GBECA

ACHIEVEMENTS

20

churches envisioned with a new ‘holistic’ model of mission.

13,000

with improved livelihoods and environment.

1,344

returned migrants supported with housing, agricultural inputs and safe water.

Pray for our work

  • Pray for President João Lourenço, that he would be able to rule with fairness, integrity and justice for all Angolans.
  • Pray for the church in Angola, that it would be inspired to serve the poor and most vulnerable.
  • Pray for our partner organisations in Angola as they support our church and community transformation and livelihoods work.

Stories from Angola

  • Fifty years fifty countries Angola

    When independence came to Angola in 1975, it was not the longed-for dawning of a new era. Instead, it was a desperate plunge into a civil war that would characterise the life of the nation for decades.

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  • Shaking Hands

    Healing the wounds of war

    Pastor Cajú has been through more than most of us can imagine, having experienced first-hand the horrors of the Angolan civil war. The violence he witnessed moved Cajú to become an ordained minister. Since then he has set about transforming his community through the work of the church.

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