Volunteering in Africa. Our vision and our projects

kululeku is an NGO that uses donations, sponsorships and volunteers to empower the local community, facilitate education and alleviate the country’s social ills.


In addition to the development assistance provided by our volunteers, we collect donations through social crowdfunding and provide sponsorships for needy children and families, where every penny arrives. Thanks to African foundations and international companies, but above all thanks to our volunteers, we can support our partner school in several projects. So we have recently been able to repair an old well. This was a milestone for all future construction projects! Access to water now gives us the opportunity to build a proper school building and toilets. With the building we are now able to install alternative energy sources such as wind turbines and solar panels on the roof of the school. That’s why we now have access to electricity through well construction.The 600 students then have the opportunity to get access to computers. So far, access to the internet and dealing with common programs are completely lacking in rural areas and in school education. The children would be accustomed to dealing with PC’s early on and at a young age and be made familiar with the Internet and thus secure a future on the job market. 

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Soon our own farm will be set up to grow fruit, vegetables and cereals in the schoolyard. On the one hand, the school children get something to eat, on the other hand, they learn to take responsibility and can apply what they have learned in their own garden. Kululeku is committed to providing education to those whose path has either been disrupted or denied so far, and to ensure that the school is perceived as a place of hope, fun and future.

Not far away, Swiss investors are building a social nursing home, the first of its kind in Mozambique. Our volunteers help with the construction of this unique project. In addition, the construction of an orphanage is being planned. We are also committed to educating and fighting the spread of HIV.

We refrain from investing funds in many projects at the same time. Our goal is not only to temporarily alleviate grievances, but to bring about long-term change. We are convinced that only with the education and empowerment of the population can we bring about the desired change and stop poverty.

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kululeku Patenschaft Vilanculos Mozambique

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Mozambique´s background

Mozambique has made significant progress following the 16-year Civil War, which ended in 1992; Nevertheless almost half of the inhabitants live below the poverty line. On the index of human development, Mozambique is ranked 181 out of 188 countries. A quarter of the population is considered to be malnourished; Life expectancy is one of the lowest in the world at 55 years. (Source: www.bmz.de). According to UNICEF, there are 1.5 million orphans in Mozambique. Over 30% of children work in fields, markets or as beggars. Similarly, the situation of disabled and elderly people is precarious. Mozambique is regularly visited by droughts and floods. About 1.5 million people suffer from the lack of food and water. Experts believe that Mozambique will have a strong impact on climate change.

kululeku Mozambique history

Who we are

Kululeku, based in Germany and Mozambique, is an experiences NGO for volunteering in Mozambique and the only NGO in Vilanculos. We want to empower the local community and awaken our volunteers. We are passionate about our volunteers as they help build critical infrastructure, establish education, welfare services and become leaders in sustainable development before returning home. Kululeku is a matter of the heart for us. 

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The place of birth determines under which conditions we grow up. Through many trips to African countries, the founders of kululeku got to know and love the people. The Mozambicans are so gracious and friendly people that we decided to make our contribution here by establishing kululeku (freedom in Xitswa – the local language in Vilanculos) to at least minimize the prevailing poverty, the ailing education system and the injustices of the various classes. We are convinced that we are not alone with this attitude and there are many people who want to share their innate privilegesHelping starts on a small scale, but together we can achieve great things.

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Where the help is needed

Almost half of the inhabitants live below the poverty line, 25% of the population is considered to be malnourished and Life expectancy is one of the lowest in the world at 55 years.
According to UNICEF, there are 1.5 million orphans in Mozambique, the sam amount suffer from the lack of water and food. Over 30% of children work in fields, markets or as beggars. Similarly, the situation of disabled and elderly people is precarious.

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In the schools around Vilanculos, one teacher supervises up to 150 pupils in each subject. Many children attend the school only until the 5th grade. On the one hand, the children have to earn money for the family from this age onwards; On the other, because the system can not offer the children the necessary, individual care. There is a lack of staff, books, classrooms and teaching materials, uniforms and shoes to walk the distance of 5 km each morning. The illiteracy rate is 50% in young adults.

The AIDS rate of adults is over 10%, which places Mozambique in 8th place of the worldwide HIV rank.

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Support our local school project!

kululeku volunteering Vilanculos Mozambique

One of our ongoing projects – the local primary school

The children and young people run every morning and every evening about 5km to school and back – often without shoes and with an empty stomach. The school uniforms of their big siblings, worn daily for years, are dirty, old and torn. Many children are ashamed of the poverty of their parents and therefore do not go to school. In many Western civilizations, it seems to be quite normal to start a course of study or education through second chance education. Not in Africa. The school system follows a stringent path. Who leaves the school is dependent on itself. During the Cyclon season, the school building is blown away every day. Before classes begin, the children and teachers build a hut made of palm fronds that serves as a classroom.

One of our partner school is located about 10km outside of Vilanculos. Samuel Vilankulo has been director there for many years and is responsible for 600 students and 18 teachers. In our interview, he tells us about the challenges he faces on a daily basis and the visions that he would like to realize together with kululeku in order to provide the children with a good education.

The school grounds comprise about 2 hectares, which are little or no use. There are only 4 straw huts serving as classrooms, 3 toilets that unfortunately do not work due to the lack of water supply, and a well that has not been in operation for years, in addition to 2 solid and storm-proof buildings. However, the extensive sandy area offers countless opportunities and the necessary conditions to connect the school to the power grid. If only enough water would be available…

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Government institutions have built public service wells many years ago. However, today there are virtually no replacement parts for this type of well because a long time ago it was switched to electric pumps. The fountain of this school is broken for many months. By repairing the well by our kululeku volunteers and collecting donations, the school now has access to fresh groundwater. Through the water, students not only have daily access to potable water, but we can now begin building a stable school building and toilets. In Mozambique, so-called “blocks” can be easily made with water, sand and cement, which can then be left to dry in the blazing sun for a few days. That is the foundation for very stable houses. The stable school building allows us to bring electricity through solar cells on the roof in this rural region. Connected to alternative energy sources such as wind turbines and solar panels on the roof of the school, the 600 students would then have the opportunity to get access to computers. So far, access to the internet and dealing with common programs are completely lacking in rural areas and in school education. The children would be accustomed to dealing with PC’s early on and at a young age and be made familiar with the Internet and thus secure a future on the job market. Without computer skills and the corresponding financial background of the parents, which has hardly a family, the job opportunities to find a job are extremely bad.

The access to water now also gives us the opportunity to create our own farm and to cultivate the garden to grow fruits, vegetables and cereals. The students learn to take responsibility and can apply what they have learned in their own garden. Many children around Vilanculos are starving and do not know after a long day at school if they will get something to eat in the evening. Our goal is therefore to provide the children with a warm lunch a day. We support the local community, where we get the goods and services from the neighboring villages.

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 kululeku donations – small gesture, big effect 🙂

“There is a lot of gratitude and I see that with kululeku I´m doing a good job here!”

– Job from Netherlands –

Where is Vilanculos?

Mozambique is a country in Southeast Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west, and Swaziland and South Africa to the southwest via Kruger National Park.

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Vilanculos is a coastal town on the world famous Bazaruto archipelago. The surrounding area is lined with coconut palms, crystal clear waters and kilometers of sandy beaches. Vilanculos is still untouched by mass tourism and is found in a growing coastline. Vilanculos has some 40,000 inhabitants, most of whom work in fishing, on the market or in the field – there is no economy or industry in this area. Most of the streets are unsurfaced. The house is located directly on the beach in the south, not far from the central market, the Baobab Backpackers and the diving center. The schools are about 15km outside the village in the more rural areas. 

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Pimp your CV! After your stay we will send you an official confirmation, which is a great proof of your time abroad and your social commitment.

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