Bordering the Indian Ocean directly west of Madagascar, Mozambique hugs 1,550 miles of Africa’s southeastern coast. Its location attracts tourists looking for sun and sand without the harsh heat that defines African hotspots located along the Equator. Tourism, foreign investments in oil and gas reserves and agricultural resources have helped boost Mozambique’s economy. In fact, it’s one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
However, many people in Mozambique continue to live in poverty.
In the small village of Savane in Mozambique, eighth grade teacher Alberto Mariano Danza, who goes by Bento, sees the impact of deforestation first hand. Many of his students must miss school in order to help their parents make charcoal (Or "charc", as the locals refer to it). Bento wants these young people to learn how to care for indigenous trees and practice sustainable forestry by replanting what’s been cut down.