Child Sponsor Djibouti

Djibouti is a small nation of under a million inhabitants with high levels of poverty with an unbalanced economy. Both inside and outside the city centre of Djibouti and port areas (where two thirds of the population live), unemployment (running at over 60%) and poverty are rampant and the reminder of the population live nomadic lifestyles in the country with most relying on herding against a background of recurring droughts over the past few years across the Horn of Africa that has seen a rise in the number of children in Djibouti suffering from malnutrition, a 60% in the last year alone. Djibouti is almost totally reliant on foreign imports to survive as it has few natural resources and little industry.

Djibouti only produces 5% of its own food needs and is reliant on importing grain and other staples from Ethiopia and meat and dairy products from Somalia. It is currently exploring leasing arable land from Malawi to help with this situation. Djibouti is in 164th place out of 186 countries and territories in 2013 when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country. Poverty has actually been falling in Djibouti however still stands at around 42% of the population down from 49% ten years ago. This figure, however, belies the fact that in rural Djibouti in excess of 60% of the population live in poverty with only 21% of them having access to safe water (rising to just 50% in urban areas) and nine out of every ten children in rural areas don't even having a home to provide shelter.

Education is a major problem in Djibouti with under 30% of children attending school, much less for girls. There are also very few pre-school or infancy learning programs for children in Djibouti and for every ten children who survive childbirth in the country one will have died before his or her first birthday, and a further one will have died before their fifth birthday. According to the report commissioned in 2009 by UNICEF and the Djiboutian Ministry for the Promotion of Women and Social Affairs, nearly 70 per cent of children in Djibouti are deprived of at least one basic right – including the right to water and sanitation, information, nutrition, education and health. You can help when you sponsor a child in Djibouti.



Child Sponsor Djibouti
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Child Sponsor Djibouti

Child Sponsor Djibouti

Child Sponsor Djibouti

Child Sponsor Djibouti

 


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Child Sponsor Djibouti

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