Tadjourah is a small port city of around 15,000 inhabitants and is the capital of Tadjourah Region.
Not very many people live in the area as the majority of the population lives in the capital of Djibouti. Most people here are pastoral farmers and their lives are full of difficulties: drought and the high prices of staple foods have led to malnutrition, particularly among children and pregnant women.
Since 2011, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Tadjourah.
Like most areas of Djibouti, Tadjourah suffers from severe water shortages. As a result, fertile land is limited and many families do not always have enough food.
Djibouti has one of the world's highest levels of malnutrition for children, particularly among those under the age of five living in rural areas like the Tadjourah region. According to some estimates, about one third of all children suffer from the effects of malnutrition including stunted growth.
In rural areas like the Tadjourah Region, education facilities are severely lacking and tuition fees are high. Although children without parental care are exempt from school fees, only 31 per cent of them attend school regularly.
Girls in particular are at a disadvantage when it comes to education, because their help in the home and with younger siblings is often considered more important than their education. Furthermore, about 70 per cent of the total population is illiterate, most of whom are women.