This is who we are.
We are a faith-based non-profit established in Pemba, Northern Mozambique working with women who have been sexually exploited, trafficked, abused and culturally oppressed. We empower each woman through love and restorative care, education, establishing identity, vocational training and employment.
The Liberty Project was established in 2016 and now enters its third year full of hope and progress!
The numbers are heartbreaking
Mozambique is one of the most naturally beautiful spots on earth. White sand beaches, crystal clear waters and the contrast of red dirt village vibes are an instagrammers dream and usually described with one word: paradise. But behind the beauty lies a country and a culture massively struggling with issues related to sex, gender, exploitation and inequality.
The numbers are overwhelming, BUT we are here to make a difference!
OF WOMEN HAVE BEEN SEXUALLY ABUSED
The fact that very few women grow up without encountering some form of sexual abuse shows the scale of the problem and the effect it has on not only the women of Mozambique, but the entire population.
We can change this number for the better!
OF WOMEN ARE MARRIED BEFORE 18 YEARS OLD
In Northern Mozambique specifically nearly half of the female population is married before 18 years of age. This statistic is 8th highest in the world! Child marriage is proven to lead to extremely high numbers of physical and sexual abuse, HIV/Aids, birth rate mortality, and PTSD. We believe each girl is entitled to having the chance to choose; and not be forced into underage marriage for economical gain or because of cultural pressure. Education and establishing identity and worth are key to lowering this statistic.
OF N.MZ WOMEN HAVE PTSD
Beyond the physical effects of sexual exploitation and abuse the traumatic mental and emotional scars are harder so see and even more crippling. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affects nearly 3 in every 4 women in Northern Mozambique, this is typically common within soldiers who have been at war; a result of what they suffer from on the battlefield. This puts things into perspective, life is a battlefield for women in Northern Mozambique. It is vital that trauma counseling be offered to women suffering from PTSD, so that the process of healing can begin and freedom can be gained! (Learn more about PTSD click here)
Our response to the numbers
We are the first faith-based organization in Cabo Delgado, the northernmost Province of Mozambique working directly with women affected by sexual exploitation, human trafficking, and cultural oppression.
We confront these issues through education, restorative care, vocational training, and residential care. We empower each woman, working side by side with her to improve and transform them, their families and the local society.
This is a safe and loving residential care home. A place that provides accommodation for at risk women in our Freedom Program. This is where love lives!
We work in our communities raising awareness and bringing prevention to topics such as: forced labour, sexual slavery, and abuse of human rights. This educates and empowers people to make informed choices and look out for others in their local communities.
Are you ready to help change lives?
Pemba Operations Team
FOUNDER & CEO
Laura comes from New Zealand and has a background in Commercial Radio Broadcasting and Account Management within The New Zealand Radio Network (NZME) and Media Works; as well as experience in the marketing, communications and event management fields in both commercial and non-profit settings from positions within DDB and LIFE New Zealand. Laura currently brings an on-the-field perspective having been a missionary in various locations within Africa since 2015.
Laura now heads up The Liberty Project as Founder and CEO in Pemba Mozambique and is committed to seeing this organisation growing in line with the vision that God has given to become a ground breaker and leader in Africa facilitating the freedom of girls and women from backgrounds of oppression abuse and sexual exploitation.
Mimmi comes from Finland bringing with her a background in Hospitality Management majoring in Tourism, as well as experience throughout Africa as a missionary before joining The Liberty Project in 2016. Mimmi currently serves as a long-term missionary Team Managing and Teaching English.
Mimmi is committed to and believes in the vision and mandate God has given to The Liberty Project; to see the girls and women radically transformed, restored and set free with whole communities changed by the power and love of Jesus.
Marie de Kruijff
Marie is originally from South Africa and has now lived in Pemba Mozambique for 14 with her family, working with the Leprosy Mission, raising her children and supporting other missionaries in the area. She is a qualified teacher having taught at both Maths and Art in South Africa and Mozambique. Marie has always been fascinated by art and creative expression, realising it is an expression of our likeness with God, THE Creator, and has also become more aware of the usefulness of art as a therapeutic tool for healing and expression. Marie currently teaches art in the Freedom Program.
Elizabeth was originally born in Mozambique but moved to Kenya to live with her grandmother at the age of three when she lost her mother and father. Returning to Mozambique in 2013 Elizabeth has been fortunate to finish her high school education and learn five languages; Elizabeth can speak Portuguese, Makhuwa, Swahili, Makonde and English all fluently. Elizabeth is one of our local employees and is a key team member working alongside each of our foreign staff as a translator, as well as translating between all of the local languages spoken by our women in the freedom Program of which we have four. Elizabeth also works as a coordinator in the Freedom Program.
Evelyn da Costa
Health nurse and sewing teacher
Evelyn is originally from Brazil and has lived in Mozambique for two years serving as a missionary with AIM (Africa Inland Mission). Evelyn is a qualified nurse and also a skilled seamstress. She currently teaches Women’s Health, Sexual Health, Family Health and Sewing vocational training in the Freedom Program.
TLP Global Governing Board
The Liberty Project wouldn’t exist without the support of our Global Board members.
LAURA MONAHAN - Founding member
BRIDGET CARR - Board Secretary & Treasurer
LEISL MACDONALD - Board Chairperson
MIMMI PEKURINEN - Original member
Global Team Members
The Liberty Project has an extensive network of part-time volunteers dedicated to the Freedom Mission for women.
GABRIELE SHIPLEY - International Justice Law - Researcher and Advisor
IDA ERÄMAA - Media & Content (Finland & Mozambique)
MILJA PEKURINEN - European Logistics (Finland)
BRIDGET CARR - Logistics (New Zealand)
ELLY BRAY - Events and fundraising manager (New Zealand)
ELLA MONAHAN - Business advisor (New Zealand)
Association Members in MZ
LAURA MONAHAN - Founder and CEO, Executive counsel
VICKEY PUNCHEON – General Manager TWIGG Mozambique
RICH CHIQWACHA - Senior Pastor Assemblies of God Africana
VIMBAI KARATE- Senior Pastor Assemblies of God Africana
FATIMA MARENGEPO - Business Owner - Pemba, Mozambique
JONAS RAMOS - Sworn Translator & Teacher
ERICA RAMOS – International Teacher BCe
CLEID MOMADE - Major in Geography at Univ. Unilario, Pemba
LIESL MAC DONALD – Chairperson and Executive Counsel
BRIDGET HOWARD – Secretary and Executive Counsel
Association Members in MZ
CONRAD PROPERTIES GROUP – CLASSROOM PROJECT PARTNER
HOPE RISEN FOUNDATION SOUTH AFRICA - GLOBAL PARTNER
OASIS FAMILY CHURCH NEW ZEALAND – MINISTRY SUPPORT
SLASH VENTURES DUBAI, USA