Child Sponsor Sao Tome and Principe

The República Democratica de Sao Tome and Principe (R.D.S.T.P.) with its overall population of just 163,000 is made up of the volcanic islands of Sao Tome (860 km2) and of Principe (104 km2) as well as some small, mainly unpopulated rocky offshore islands some 150 miles off the coast of Gabon. The island of Principe, with a population of just 5000, has been autonomous within this arrangement since 1995.

Following independence from Portugal on 12th July 1975 the Movement for the Liberation of Sao Tome and Principe became the country's only allowed political party until the constitution of 1990 which allowed for multi-party elections with the country's first free elections being held in 1991.

As with so many other emerging African nations, democracy was a difficult concept to bed in and there were three coup attempts in 1995, 2003 and 2009 respectively Sao Tome and Principe is in 144th 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. Life expectancy is 64yrs with an estimated 40% of the population living under the poverty line with 33% in chronic poverty. Part of this poverty is down to the fact that many are engaged as plantation workers reliant on the market economy to pay them without the opportunity to grow their own crops as they possess no land to do so.

Until recently Sao Tome and Principe was reliant on cocoa for 95% of its exports and used that income to buy in food given that it cannot grow enough of its own to support its population. In recent years its cocoa output has dropped due to droughts and mismanagement. The country is now attempting to diversify its economy with oil exploration following recent discoveries in the Gulf of Guinea however that is leading to political tensions with many concerned the islands will become a dumping ground for oil waste and contamination as is evident across the Niger Delta. You can help when you sponsor a child in Sao Tome and Principe.



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