outbreaks of cholera and there are few doctors on the islands to assist when
these outbreaks occur. Currently 20% of the child population in Cape Verde lack
access to regular supplies of drinking water and 14% of all children are under
nourished; 82% of all food has to be imported to meet the country's needs.
There are 221,000 children under the age of 18 in Cape Verde and whilst
primary school enrolment is pretty much universal only 27% of all children
attend secondary school. Many miss out on school to engage in child labour;
working in agriculture and often exposed to dangerous machinery or in
domestic servitude or simply washing cars and street vending to supplement
the meagre family income. During the 1980s many moved into
the capital of Praia putting pressure on already limited resources where housing
was already of poor quality resulting in some children being abandoned, however
there has, of late, been a tendency for many to migrate back into rural areas
where there is poor access to basic amenities such as sanitation which is
available to just 39% of the rural child population.
Unlike many other countries in
Africa, there are few child sponsor programs in Cape Verde. You can help when you sponsor a
child in Cape Verde.