Child Sponsor Cape Verde
Cape Verde enjoys economic and
political stability, however its ten main islands have few natural resources and
are prone to drought driving many abroad to the extent that today more Cape
Verdeans live elsewhere than on the islands; in the last decade alone 200,000
have died during drought conditions leaving the population at just over half a
million people. Those who live and work abroad tend to send money home to their
families increasing its foreign currency reserves and ability to import much
Just 7% of the population live
under the poverty line of 60p a day, however many children in Cape Verde have
poor access to clean water and sanitation and they also suffer from regular
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. However SOS Children's Villages not only
run an orphanage but also youth development projects, holding workshops in
trades such as carpentry to help equip young people with vocational skills for
their future careers as well as providing support for street children.
Other child sponsor programs in Cape Verde
concentrate on ensuring each child in Cape Verde has access to basic necessities
such as food and education, whilst other work include the expensive extraction
of the islands' underground water reserves and educating the population about
the dangers of deforestation and sustainable environmental issues. You can help when you sponsor a
child in Cape Verde.