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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.
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.
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.
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