Alfalit brings literacy, a fundamental right of every human being, to Angolans in Luanda, Bengo, Kuanza-Norte, Kuanza-Sul, Malange, Bie, Lunda Sul & Moxico.

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Alfalit Angola

authorized affiliate

since 2002


Pastor Maveza Mbiyeye Eduardo

Executive Director​

Main Office:
Rua do Abacate, casa nº 137
Município de Belas Bairro do Sapu 2

Phone Number:
+244 923-892-802

Do you know that in developing, low-income countries like Angola every additional year of education can increase a person’s future income by about 10%?

Why Alfalit Serves Angola


Of All Adults (15+)
are literate
Of All Young Adults (15-24)
are literate
Of All Older Adults (65+)
are literate

Formal Education in Angola

Free, compulsory education for children ages 6-11

Of all school enrolled children, about 52% complete the secondary level
(U.S. High School equivalent)

Barriers to Education

A lack of – facilities, teachers, supplies, and transportation.
Families must cover expenses – books, supplies, uniforms, etc.

Children Not Attending School

624,432 (2014)


Government Annual Education Budget
8.68% of the total budget

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Alfalit Angola

Student Statistics

Enrolled Students

Total number of students enrolled in Angola\'s Literary and Basic Education Programs in 2020.

Enrollment Percentages

Typical overall percentages of male and female students who enrolled in Alfalit Angola\'s Literacy Programs in 2020.

Program Success Rate

Overall percentage of students who graduated, are in process, failed, or dropped out of Angola\'s Literacy Programs.


Mariquinha and two of her children

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"Thank you, Alfalit, you are making a difference in the lives of hopeless people like me. I never thought I would learn ….”

Mariquinha João Manuel

age 59, Graduate

“I spent five years … at Alfalit….If Alfalit offered more classes/levels, I would continue….I suffered … prejudice due to my age and illiterate condition. I couldn’t engage in any business because I didn’t know how to read and do … math. ….I felt … shame every day! …[M]y son came home from school,… [[Grab your reader’s attention with a great quote from the document or use this space to emphasize a key point. To place this text box anywhere on the page, just drag it.] H]e brought his homework and asked for help. …. I couldn’t understand a thing …. I got so mad …. I told him to go to his room. I had no motive to be upset with him – the truth is that I was very embarrassed. I decided to look for help…. My neighbor told me about Alfalit. I told her I would stay for one month….After a few days …, I knew I was in the right place. …. I committed to study.[and] completed the 6-grade level. Today, I look back and see how worth it …to face my fears and shame. I am a different woman. I have my own business, and I help my children.”

At A Glance – Life in Angola

Angola ranks 148 out of 189 countries on the UNDP Human Development Index.
Key HDI determinants: average life expectancy, education & and income of a country’s population

Over 14 million Angolans
(48% of the population) live on less than $1.90 per day.

For every 1,000 births, 163 new mothers
are under the age of 18

For every 100,000 live births, 241 mothers
die in or after childbirth

For every 1,000 live births, nearly 63 infants die


19% of All Children Ages 5-17 Are  Child Laborers

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Official Name: Republic of Angola
(Portuguese: República de Angola)

Angola was a Portuguese territory from the 16th century to 1975 and then experienced an intense civil war that lasted until 2002. More than 500,000 people died and over one million were displaced. A peace treaty was signed in 2006.







South-Central Africa, bordered by Namibia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia & Atlantic Ocean. Exclave: Cabinda Province, bordered by the Republic of the Congo & the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Life Expectancy

Average Angolan Life Expectancy: 62.6 years


60.3 years


64.9 years


There are 21 physicians for every 1,000 Angolan residents.

Leading Causes of Death

Common High Risk Diseases


About 88% of urban residents have access to sanitation facilities.


Only 23% of rural residents have access to sanitation facilities.


44% do not have access to safe water.


43.3% of the entire population has access to electricity.

In rural areas, only 6 percent of Angolans have access to electricity.

High Maternal & Infant Mortality Rates

On average, each woman has 5 pregnancies.
For every 100,000 live births, over 240 women die.

Less than 1/2 of mothers-to-be are assisted by professional health care workers.


For every 1,000 live births, 62.3 infants die.
Newborn babies in poor families are 1.4 times more likely to die than those born into families with better means.
Babies born to mothers with no education are twice as likely to die than newborns with mothers who have at least a secondary education.



48% of Angolans live below the poverty line


73% live in rural areas where joblessness & unemployment are widespread particularly among young adults.

38.5% live in rural areas
94% of rural residents are poor

In urban areas, about 1 in 3 people (35% of the population)  are poor


In rural areas, about 9 in 10 people (88% of the population) are poor


Most Angolans are Christian.


Tropical with dry and rainy seasons. Frequent droughts. Temperature range: 67 to 79.


2nd largest petroleum & diamond producer in sub-Saharan Africa
65% of Angola's oil comes from Cabinda exclave

Other Industries: Agriculture and Fishing

News Media

Daily Newspaper

Jornal de Angola, government controlled (circulation 40,000)
7 weekly private publications (low circulations)


Rádio Nacional de Angola, government-owned, only nationwide broadcast in Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, and others
10 other stations, including the Catholic Church's very popular Radio Ecclesia


Angola Public Television, government-owned
5 other private stations

Information Access

Radios & Television: For every 1,000 people, there are about 78 radios and 52 television sets (2003)x

Internet: 22.3% of all Angolans use the internet & there are at least 17 internet hosts

Computers: There are about 2 personal computers for every 1,000 people


President - João Lourenço

Head of State & Head of Government - Govern by decree

Term - Five years and reelection – 1 five-year term; No prime minister


Styles - Kilapanda, semba, kizomba, kuduro, rebita

Famous International Singer - Bonga, credited with bringing semba, categorized as World Music, to many beyond Angola


Popular Genres -Wood carving and pottery

Museums - Several in Luanda, including the Museum of Anthropology

Media - “Wood, clay, copper, reeds, ivory, shells, and the human body are the main media for Angolan decorative arts”


Political poetry & oral literature - Very popular genres that often feature mermaids and tricksters

Notable Writers – Novelists & prestigious Camões Prize winners, Arturo Carlos Maurício Pestana dos Santos and José Luandino Vieira

Poet & (First Angolan President) - Agostinho Neto

Childrens Books - Cremilda de Lima

Journalist & 2017 International Dublin Literary Award winner -
José Eduardo Agualusa

Angolan Foods

Various spicy seafood dishes
Funje - cassava porridge
Calulu - dried fish or meat with vegetables
Gafanhotos de Palmeira toasted grasshoppers
Cabidela - rice with poultry or game cooked in animal blood
Caldeirada de peixe - fish stew
Catatos – fried caterpillars
Chicken Muamba – made with red palm oil sauce


Most Popular – soccer ["football"] and basketball. Handball and capoeira, a form of martial arts

Notable Athletes – Igor Vetokele, Dolly Menga and Rui Paulo Silva Júnior (all soccer/football), and Ângelo Victoriano (basketball)