Approximately 1.5 million boys and girls in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe have been affected by the devastating impact of Cyclone Idai. Many rescued children and families have not had access to food and water for days. A drastic spike in malaria cases has been reported. Contaminated water has led to over 1,700 cholera cases. Thousands of people are still missing with fears that many children are left unaccompanied and vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Your donation can provide lifesaving relief and help keep children safe.

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 has caused catastrophic damage in and around the port city of Beira, Mozambique where some 150 square miles are under water. Areas of Zimbabwe and Malawi, also under water, have been devastated as well.

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 with emergency assistance. 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.*

  • 45% of girls 15 and older are literate
  • 27% of school-age children are out of school
  • 71 out of 1000 children die before their 5th birthday
  • 22% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 46% of people live in poverty
Map of Mozambique

Our Work for Children in Mozambique

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 34,706 children from harm
  • Supported 85,796 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 1,213,058 children with a healthy start in life
  • Supported 91,617 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs
  • Gave 594,532 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 2018 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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