Brick and Pottery Project Olaria Tsakane

Mozambique

Jangamo Congregational Church

United Congregational Church of Southern Africa – Mozambique Synod

Jangamo United Congregational Church is part of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA) — Mozambique Synod.  The Mozambique Synod is one of five synods comprising the United Congregational Church in Southern Africa.  The Synod is engaged in ministry in various districts throughout the country.  In recent years, the country has suffered from many natural disasters such as severe drought, devastating cyclones, and floods.  The UCCSA — Mozambique Synod has been in the forefront, collaborating with members of the community to alleviate some of the suffering endured by the community.  These efforts of the Synod have included constructing new homes for the homeless and caring for hundreds of children in a variety of ways. 

The current project specific to Jangamo UCCSA is named ‘Olaria Tsakane,’ which means ‘Happy Clay’ in Xitshwa.  Jangamo UCCSA is located near the Mutamba River, which is known as an excellent source of clay for the making of both bricks and pottery.  In an effort to rebound from the devastating economic effects left behind by the civil war that ended in 1992, the Olaria Tsakane project was initiated to revive the economy in one of the world’s poorest countries. 

The Olaria Tsakane project involves the removal of clay from the Mutamba River for the production of both bricks and pottery as well as the marketing of both.  The bricks are being sold domestically and are in demand for construction in cities like Maputo and Beira.  Not only will the project initiate job growth in the region, but it will also facilitate the rebuilding of the infrastructure in the country to improve the quality of life of the people in the surrounding areas.   

The pottery produced from the project will be sold locally as well.  The pottery provides several life-sustaining uses for the local community such as collecting, carrying, and storing water; collecting and storing food and grain; and cooking meals.  Due to the optimal location of Jangamo, it is ideally located for tourist travel.  Jangamo is along the only national road to Inhambane and Tofu beach which are both important tourist destinations for international visitors.  Because of this reality, tourists will also make up a significant part of the clay pottery market created by the Olaria Tsakane project.

The Olaria Tsakane project will have far reaching effects that will benefit many people in the church as well as the greater community.  The Olaria Tsakane project directly employs 24 people; 12 people for brickmaking and 12 people to make pottery.  As job creation unfolds as a result of the project, the number of people calculated to indirectly benefit is approximately 168. 

Finally, as a part of fulfilling the overall mission of the church, the Jangamo church will use a significant amount of the project’s profits to minister to people in need in their local community, especially orphans and widows.

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