More than 900,000 people – including 450,000 children – are at risk, as powerful Cyclone Freddy is set to hit Mozambique a second time, with fears it will cause further misery and displacement for families already reeling from its initial impact.
Save the Children has been working in Mozambique since 1986. Last year, we reached more than 2.5 million people in the country, including 1.5 million children through education, climate adaptation projects and humanitarian responses. Your donation to the Children's Emrengey Fund helps us respond quickly to the urgent needs of children impacted by climate disasters.
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.
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
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.
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 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
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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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