For the first time in recorded history, Mozambique has been hit by two powerful cyclones in the same season. Families who were already living on the brink of poverty have now been left with nothing. The loss of life, homes and crops is devastating. Contaminated water sources are causing deadly diseases to spread rapidly. With your help, Save the Children is delivering critical emergency relief to children and families. Our teams are working around the clock to prevent disease outbreaks, ensure children have healthcare and provide safe places for them to play and return to learning. So much help is needed. Your support can help save lives.

Help Save Children in Mozambique

It’s hard for a child to succeed in Mozambique. The country has no national early childhood development curriculum or strategy. Many children are not in school due to a lack of facilities and difficult access, and girls are at an even greater disadvantage with fewer attending school each passing year. On top of that, natural disasters only worsen the country's widespread poverty and poor infrastructure.

Emergency Alert

Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth have left a trail of devastation across areas of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Homes, schools and hospitals were ripped apart. Agricultural land was completely submerged and crops lost. The double impact of these two deadly cyclones will affect children for years to come.

Children and families have lost everything. They are struggling to find clean water to drink, shelter, food and essentials. Hundreds of thousands of girls and boys in all three countries are extremely vulnerable to diseases and malnutrition. Children are at risk of being exploited, especially if they have been separated from their families.

The disaster is one of the worst in southern Africa in decades. Save the Children has a long history of working in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. We are responding to Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth with emergency assistance. Our teams have set up child-friendly spaces to ensure that boys and girls have a safe place to play and learn. Members of our Emergency Health Unit are working to prevent disease outbreaks. We need your generous gift to help protect vulnerable children and provide desperately needed relief to families affected by the storm.

Learn more about Cyclone Idai, including fact, figures and how to help.

The Challenges for Children in Mozambique

Living in poverty, without access to quality healthcare, education and basic social services, children in Mozambique need your help.*

  • 46% of people live in poverty
  • 1 child in 14 dies before their 5th birthday - 10 times that of the United States
  • 43% of children have stunted growth due to severe malnutrition
  • 27% of school-age children are out of school
  • 22% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 43% of girls age 15-19 are married
  • 1 in 7 girls between age 15-19 gives birth
  • 57% of girls age 15 and older struggle to read or write
Map of Mozambique

How You’re Changing Children’s Lives

Thanks to giving people like you, our work for children in Mozambique is making a difference.

There is a great need for Save the Children’s work in Mozambique. In response, Save the Children is incorporating home-based care into our programs for orphans and vulnerable children. We are strengthening emotional support to children through "art as therapy" initiatives. We are also improving the quality of basic education by focusing on early learning in our early childhood development programs, and we’re promoting children’s basic literacy skills through greater community involvement.

We work closely 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 health programs. We’re also working to target the immediate and long-term causes of hunger and malnutrition by promoting improved agricultural and nutrition practices among rural households.

Working closely with local communities in Mozambique, Save the Children designs Sponsorship programs to help vulnerable children from early childhood to early adulthood — giving them a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm along the way. Our early childhood programs help prepare toddlers and young children for school by giving them access to quality preschools and early literacy programs. 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.

  • Protected 106,312 children from harm
  • Supported 25,015 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 201,697 children with a healthy start in life
  • Supported 16,745 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs
  • Gave 14,844 children vital nourishment

How to Help Children in Mozambique

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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