mozambique-school-maputo-a.jpgPemba has a population of around 141,000 and is in the province of Cabo Delgado in north-eastern Mozambique. The region is primarily agriculture, but the city also draws in a lot of tourists due to its beautiful surroundings and architecture.

In 2011, large reserves of natural gas were discovered just off the shore near the city, and it was hoped that this would contribute to the already rapid economic growth. However, it is unclear what effect this will have on people's everyday lives, since most of the extraction is done by foreign companies.

Understanding poverty

With a drive to reduce poverty in the region over recent years, both education and healthcare have seen massive improvements. However, this is only one way of understanding what it means to be poor in Pemba.

Whilst by certain measures people might be doing better, they still have very poor access to a steady supply of food. Coupled with uncertain whether and the slow growth of agriculture in the country, many children in the city face severe food insecurity.

Inequality in society

Due to its rural nature and agricultural focus, much of Cabo Delgado remains blighted by gender inequality. Men often leave their village to find employment, but the women left behind have never had to develop farming skills before, so they struggle to make a living.

Just as worryingly, they are offered next to no legal protection when it comes to domestic violence. Tackling this inequality is necessary both for the people and the country, and will be key to overcoming the problems that society faces .

What we are doing in Pemba

Our activities in Pemba began in 2000, and we have worked continuously to expand the support we give all children in the region to ensure that everyone gets the right start in life.

SOS Children's village Pemba, Mozambique

Family care for orphaned and abandoned children

When a child cannot remain with their parents they can find a home in our Children's Village with one of 15 loving SOS Mothers. These women are trained to care for children with difficult backgrounds and give them the chances that they would not have otherwise received.

The children go to the local SOS nursery and then attend the SOS primary and secondary schools which caters for almost 2,600 students. These are incredibly important educational institutions for the region and give children the chance to form strong bonds and relationships with their peers.

When they reach the right age, children from SOS families are able to join the SOS youth programme. Here, they are given accommodation and advice whilst they take their next steps into adulthood.

Community programmes

We think that a loving family home is the best place for a child to grow up, so we work hard with the local community to ensure that as many children as possible get this opportunity. Our Family Strengthening Programme SOS social centre offers a range of services and support to families that are struggling to stay together. This includes counselling services and advice, particularly to those affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as practical help to ease the pressure.

In Pemba are children who need your help. They have lost their parents, and are now being cared for in our Children's Village. When you sponsor a child, you will give them hope for the future. 


SOS Children has been helping children in poverty in The Gambia for over 30 years.