Mozambique - Africa
80% of the population of Mozambique live in poverty, a startling figure even for a country in sub-Saharan Africa. Basic needs including food, sanitation and running water are difficult to get hold of, which is reflected by the fact that only 50% of Mozambicans live on more than $1 a day.
Mozambique’s struggles are compounded by frequent natural disasters. Floods crippled much of Mozambique’s infrastructure only a few years after Mozambique came out of civil war in the early 1990s. In rural areas, droughts are frequent and famine is widespread. Life expectancy is low at 50 years. Approximately one and a half million Mozambicans are living with HIV, over 10% of the population.
Children in Mozambique
It is estimated that over 2 million orphans live in Mozambique, and up to a quarter of the total is due to HIV/AIDS. As orphans are more likely to engage in work to survive, education is often missed. Many thousands of children in Mozambique never attend school.
Nearly half of Mozambicans are under 14 years of age. Half of the 10 million children are living in extreme poverty.
Our charity work in Mozambique
In 1986, SOS Children started its work in Mozambique, at a time when the country was deeply immersed in civil war. Apart from providing family-based care, the organisation’s main aim has been to strengthen family ties. Numerous SOS emergency relief programmes have been organised since the organisation became active in Mozambique.
The first SOS Village was constructed in 1987. The village has 15 family homes and youth houses for over 70 young people in both the village and in nearby Matundo and Matema. The children attend the SOS Kindergarten together with local children from the community. They then go on to complete their primary and secondary education at the nearby school. SOS Children’s Villages built the school and it has been run by the Ministry of Education since 1988.
We opened a second SOS Children's Village in one of the poorest areas of Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, in 1995. SOS Children's Village Maputo has 15 family houses as well as two youth houses. The SOS social centre here provides a family strengthening programme to members of the local community, ensuring that children have access to essential educational, nutritional and health services. It provides assistance to families affected by HIV/AIDS through counselling services and medical care. The centre also supports several community nurseries, and it runs nutrition programmes and a school placement programme. We also offer parents guidance on professional skills and income-generating activities, as well as psycho-social support.
SOS Children's Village Pemba was completed at the end of 1999. It has 15 family houses providing a safe home for up to 165 children. The SOS nursery provides pre-school care to nearly 100 children.
A fourth SOS Children’s Village is in Inhambane on the east coast of Mozambique. There are 15 family homes for 150 orphaned and abandoned children. In 2014 some families moved into rented housing in different districts throughout the town. The SOS children are well integrated into the community, and continue to go to the same school and meet their friends in their spare time.
SOS Children began its work in Chimoio in 2011 thanks to the donation of a suitable plot of land by the local government, and a substantial donation by the internationally renowned novelist Henning Mankell. The area around Chimoio is affected by extreme poverty, high rates of HIV/AIDS and many children who have lost parental care and are fending for themselves, often living on the streets, so the need for family-based care for children in need is great. The Village now provides a loving home for up to 110 children in 11 SOS families,
SOS Children's Village Beira is currently under construction. It will provide a loving home to 150 children. The Village runs a number of programmes to support local families, young people and children in need. The SOS family strengthening programme aims to provide children with access to essential nutritional, education and health services. Psychological support and counselling are also offered. The focus is on families who are at risk of breaking down, especially those affected by HIV/AIDS. Through these programmes, we aim to reach over 1000 children and 250 adults.
Aldeia de Crianças SOS Moçambique
Avenida 24 de Julho No. 3260
Bairro do Laulane
Tel: +258/21/400 443, +258/21/400 850
Fax: +258/21/400 848