Situated on the coast of south-eastern Africa, over half of Mozambique’s 30 million people is under the age of 18. More than 70% of the population lives in rural areas, with agriculture being the main source of income. The official language of Mozambique is Portuguese, but over 40 languages are spoken across the country.Many families are struggling to cover even their most basic needs, such as running water, proper sanitation and regular access to food. Income distribution remains highly unequal in a country where the richest 20% control over half of the national household income.
SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children and young people without parental care, or at risk of losing it, in Mozambique since 1986.
Mozambique is one of Africa’s countries with the highest levels of poverty, and with 48% of children living in extreme poverty.
Families are struggling to cover even their most basic needs, such as running water, proper sanitation and regular access to food.
Without access to these necessary resources, children are left unprotected and families are at risk of breaking down.
Although there have been impressive steps forward in getting children to start school, only 40% finish primary school. From these children, only 8% go on to attend secondary school.
Basic education often allows children to break out of the vicious cycle of poverty. As they become independent adults, they will be able to make important contributions to their communities’ development, as well as their own.
Approximately 1.1 million children in Mozambique have lost their parents due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Children without parental care are less likely to attend school on a regular basis, as many have to work to support themselves and their families.
Recent government pledges have made a positive impact, but 1 in 10 children between 5 and 14 are still forced to work.