ActionAid began work in Mozambique in 1987, initially providing emergency relief to people who had lost everything fleeing the war. Over the last few decades, we've worked on everything from HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns to tackling the aftermath of the floods that swept across the country in 2007.
Mozambique is one of the poorest and most poverty-stricken countries in the world. One in seven children dies before their fifth birthday. But it is also a place of huge potential, with years of peace giving a new generation a chance to free itself from poverty.
Child sponsorship in Mozambique
ActionAid sponsored child Lidia Cesar Tzandana (pictured, writing a letter to her sponsor in the UK) used to have to walk almost 10km to fetch water for her family. Some of the money from child sponsorship was used to build water points closer to the village. They've helped hundreds of children like Lidia, giving them the chance to study and play where once they were working.
We are also establishing non-formal education centres in villages, with classes for children and adults timed to fit around household and farming duties. This means that the very poorest people - who cannot attend formal schools because they need to work to survive - are still able to learn.
Health and hunger in Mozambique
One of the biggest problems faced by children in Mozambique is hunger. We are helping families to produce enough food to eat and to re-establish livestock lost in recent floods. With villagers, we are setting up savings and credit groups, which can help them invest in their livelihoods.
ActionAid has helped to build wells and health centres, to train traditional birth attendants, and to organise HIV and AIDS awareness campaigns where people learn about preventing and coping with the disease.
How you can help
When you sponsor a child in Mozambique, you'll be providing the resources for real, long-term change. You'll get two letters a year from the child you sponsor, and updates from the country programme to tell you how the money you are spending is changing the community your child lives in.
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