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The coastal city of Inhambane in south-eastern Mozambique is known locally as ‘Terra de Boa Gente’ (Land of Good People). It is the capital city of Inhambane Province, which is the predominantly agricultural region that surrounds the city. The fishing industry is prominent, but the farming of cashews, coconuts and citrus fruits are also popular in the region.
Over a third of the population in Inhambane live in poverty. Many families rely on subsistence farming, but with extreme weather changes and outdated farming methods and equipment, securing a stable livelihood is a challenge.
Since 2008, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Inhambane.
While there have been vast improvements in the number of children who enroll in school, almost half of children living in Inhambane do not complete their primary education.
The quality of education is low and vulnerable children are more likely to drop out of school as they do not receive the support they need. Some children drop out to help take care of their brothers and sisters, or contribute to the household income in the absence of parental care.
Most families in Inhambane live in homes without electricity.
Without electricity, families are unable to light their homes at night, to power communication devices such as radios, or to refrigerate foods. Families must spend what little money they have on disposable batteries for small lamps or kerosene for cooking.
Not only does this make their everyday life at home difficult, but they also have fewer opportunities to earn a living.
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