Chimoio is the capital of Manica Province, which stretches along the central region of Mozambique and borders Zimbabwe in the west. Chimoio has a population of roughly 80,000. Manica Province relies on agriculture, such as the cultivation of fruit and vegetables, to provide an income for its population. However, the region is also very prone to flooding, which affects thousands of people each year. Houses in erosion-prone areas are destroyed by the floods, food shortages arise, and drinking water, which most people source from traditional wells, is often contaminated.
Children from the SOS Children’s Villages Kindergarten playing together (photo: SOS archives)