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SOS Children’s Villages supports individual children, young people and families so that they can thrive (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Mozambique).

The port city of Pemba has a population of approximately 141,000 and is located in north-eastern Mozambique, on the border of Tanzania. Pemba is the capital of the province of Cabo Delgado, a primarily rural region where families live off small cassava and maize farms.Children growing up in Pemba face some of the toughest conditions. They often live in poor housing, with no safe drinking water or hygienic sanitation facilities. For the majority of children accessing proper school and medical care is a challenge.

Since 2000, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Pemba.

Of children in the region are malnourished

Food insecurity and malnutrition

In the Cabo Delgado province, where Pemba is situatied, the majority of the population lives off subsitence farming. Therefore, the frequent natural disasters such as droughts and floods have devastating effects on crop production. Many families cannot regularly afford nutritious food. Without enough food, children are unable to concentrate at school, their physical development is affected, and they are more likely to get ill. In the region where Pemba is located, more than half of the children are malnourished.

8 in 10
Children in the region live without electricity

Housing poverty

Cabo Delgado, the province around Pemba, has some of the poorest housing conditions across Mozambique: 82% of children do not have access to electricity at home. Without access to electricity, families are disconnected and unable to do basic things like refrigerate foods and medicines, or light their homes at night. Instead, they rely on collecting firewood, which takes them away from other activities, such as attending school or earning a living.

Your support makes a difference for children in Pemba

SOS Children’s Villages works with local partners and communities to offer a wide range of support that is adapted to the local context. We always work in the best interest of the children, young people and families.
Can stay together
Children and young people
Grow up in our care
Young people
Are supported on their way to independence
Children in our care learning together. Siblings grow up with each other, and often form bonds that last a lifetime (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Mozambique).

How your support helps in Pemba

Strengthening vulnerable families and communities
When parents face hardships, they can sometimes struggle to give children the care they need. SOS Children’s Villages works with local partners and communities. Each family needs different support so that they can stay together. This support can include workshops on parenting and children’s rights. We also run training so that parents can get the skills they need to get a job or start their own businesses. Likewise, we ensure that children can get medical help and go to school.
Caring for children who cannot live with their families
Some children cannot stay with their families, even with additional support. When this happens, they can find a new home in SOS Children’s Villages. Here the children can build safe and lasting relationships. All the children in our care have access to education and healthcare. Wherever possible, we work closely with the children’s family of origin. If children can return to live with their families, we help them adapt to this change.
Supporting young people to become independent
To help young people become confident and independent, our local team works closely with each young person to develop a plan for their future. We support young people and also help them prepare for the labour market and increase their employment prospects. For example, young people can attend workshops and trainings run by SOS Children’s Villages. They also improve their skills through taking part in different projects with local mentors and businesses.


SOS Children's Villages

where children who cannot live with their families of origin grow up in a loving home


youth programmes 

supporting young people on their journey towards an independent life


family strengthening programmes

supporting families so they can care for and protect their children


social centres 

offering families counseling, learning opportunities and support


emergency responses

helping children and families in humanitarian crises


medical centres 

ensuring that children and families have access to health care


kindergartens, schools, vocational training centres 

where children, young people and adults can learn and develop skills

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