Child Sponsor Mozambique
Mozambique is a
country located in south-east Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east,
with Tanzania to its north, Malawi and Zambia to its north-west, Zimbabwe to its
west and both the Kingdom of Swaziland and South Africa to its south-west.
Following its independence from Portugal in 1975, after centuries of colonial
rule, Mozambique plunged into a long civil war within two years that was to last until 1992 and claimed the lives of some 900,000 of its population,
displaced around five million and left many more injured and amputees through
the deployment of landmines.
Today, however, the country is widely seen as
stable and is one of the world's fastest growing economies. Despite this the long years of conflict have taken their toll on the
country's infrastructure leaving Mozambique in 185th 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 with a
life expectancy of just 50yrs.
60% of the population live under the poverty line, under half the
population is literate and round 1.5 million of the country's population of
some 23 million is infected with AIDS/HIV and there are over 1.4 million
orphans in Mozambique, a third of them due to the virus. Thousands of these children, an estimated 5000, live on
the streets, however
the exact number cannot be quantified. 80% of children living in rural areas lack clean water
and access to education and health resources is also impaired
Child sponsor programs in Mozambique focus on caring for
orphaned and abandoned children, spreading HIV awareness, increasing food
security and nutrition advice, improved access to safe water, health care and
education and working towards improved protection service for the many
children who live away from home. You can help when you sponsor a child in Mozambique.