Mozambique Children

About Mozambique

Mozambique's children face many challenges. The lack of education limits children's opportunities - the country has no national early childhood development curriculum or strategy; large numbers of children are not in school due to a lack of facilities and difficult access. The quality of education has also suffered due to limited teacher training. Girls face even greater obstacles – the number of girls attending elementary school drops with each higher grade. Adolescent girls are particularly vulnerable to death and disability related to early pregnancy and childbirth. Additionally, Mozambique is affected by natural disasters that contribute further to the country's widespread poverty and poor infrastructure.

Facts About

More than 25 Million
live there

Girls only stay in school an average of 9 years

87 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $1 a day

Our Work

Save the Children will continue to incorporate home-based care and youth mobilization into our programs for orphans and vulnerable children, and strengthen psychosocial support to children through "art as therapy" initiatives. We will continue to improve the quality of basic education by focusing on early learning in our ECD programs and on improving basic literacy skills through greater community involvement. We will strengthen our collaborations with government and other maternal and neonatal, child health and nutrition and HIV prevention partners to promote, advocate and develop "best practices" in maternal, newborn and child programs. Our HIV prevention activities will promote an innovative "youth-to-youth" approach in which young people act as mentors for their peers. And, we will continue to target the immediate and long-term causes of hunger and malnutrition by promoting improved agricultural and nutrition practices among rural households

Our Work in

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 53,049
from harm

supported 43,253
in times of crisis

provided 299,936 children
with a healthy start in life

Sponsor A Child

Since 1995, Save the Children in Mozambique has worked with local communities and organizations to design Sponsorship programs for kids. Targeted to help children from early childhood to early adulthood, our programs work to make a healthy and safe environment where children can learn and grow. Our early childhood programs help prepare toddlers and young children for school by giving them access to quality preschools and early literacy programs, while our programs designed for primary school-aged kids work to transform students into lifelong learners by building strong curriculums and passionate teachers. Our work with adolescents focuses on that challenging transition between childhood and adulthood, helping ensure it’s a positive one by teaching them money, job and relationship skills. We also provide health education and care to children in need through our school health programs to help children stay healthy, well-nourished and in school. Thanks to the generous support from our community of sponsors, these essential programs in Mozambique continue to give children a healthy start and the opportunity to learn, protecting them from harm along the way.

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014

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