|Mission||CATHOLIC MISSION LOOKS TO FUTURE OF MOZAMBIQUE|
Beyond emergency funding, the international Catholic Mission office is planning long-term aid projects in Mozambique, particularly to repair or replace damaged social structures, pastoral centres and churches.
Catholic Mission's National Director, Fr Brian Brock said that while, "emergency funding is critical for the immediate needs of the flood victims, ongoing funding is also vital to rebuild the infrastructure and services of the stricken country."
"Catholic Mission will be providing assistance to rebuild the church's infrastructure which provides a wide network of services in Mozambique including education and health care," said Fr Brock.
The Catholic Church runs 334 charitable institutes, and 176 schools of various grades for 48,043 pupils, in Mozambique, where 17% of the country's population of 17 million is Catholic.
According to Vatican's news service Fides, there are still no official figures of the number of dead, but at least 800,000 are homeless and at high risk for cholera, diarrhea or malaria for lack of clean drinking water.