Working With Children in Mozambique

Cyclone Idai causes loss of life and widespread destruction across Mozambique

Cyclone Idai devastated several regions in Mozambique when it made landfall on March 14th. Flooding in the country has caused loss of life and displacement. At this time, 602 people have been reported dead, with over 1,500 reported injured. About 1.85 million people have been impacted. Approximately 128,000 people are sheltering in 154 sites across the region and over one million children have been affected.

Donate now to help vulnerable children and their families affected by this crisis with life-saving essentials like food, hygiene kits and more. Your gift will also help establish safe spaces for children to meet their physical and emotional needs during this crisis.

While no Canadian sponsor-supported communities in Mozambique were directly impacted, World Vision is on the ground providing immediate assistance to those in need. This has to date included, but is not limited to, the distribution of 400 hygiene kits, 400 dignity kits, 800 cholera kits, and hot meals targeting 10,000 meals per day in the city of Beira.

Disasters of this magnitude are especially frightening and traumatic for children. World Vision is working to protect both their physical and psychosocial needs. To date, two child-friendly spaces have been opened in the affected areas. Children will also be at-risk of hunger, injury and death from the devastating floods. We are monitoring the situation and working with local communities to provide supplies to those impacted including non-food items to those families affected. We are also leveraging partnerships with various UN agencies, communities, donors and faith- and community-based organizations to respond to the crisis.

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In 2015, Mozambique was officially declared to be free of thousands of landmines left over from decades of war, meaning farmers can cultivate crops and graze livestock safely. World Vision supports children in Mozambique through agriculture associations where family farmers collaborate on buying seeds and marketing their crops. Goat rearing and fish farming are also ways for families to increase food supplies and earn income.

With one third of the population lacking access to safe water and almost half the population needing better sanitation, this is an area of investment for World Vision. Other priorities are the health and education of young children.

Your impact in Mozambique

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:
  • 11 community-based child protection committees were established
  • 545 children under 17 have received birth certificates with World Vision's support in the past year
  • 164 teens ages 12 to 18 are actively participating in youth groups
  • 25 caregivers went to our parenting workshops
  • 25 faith leaders were trained to address issues like HIV and AIDS, gender equality, child health, and child protection

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Mozambique funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 64,647 frontline workers were trained in child protection issues as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 25,333 hygiene kits including soap, jerry cans, and handwashing supplies were given to community members
  • 117 health facilities were given training or supplies as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 64,105 information materials about COVID-19 were shared in public places, in print, and online
  • 50,110 community members were given food assistance as part of our COVID-19 response

Results of World Vision Canada’s covid-19 response in Mozambique, in partnership with other World Vision offices, from March to September 2020
  • 90 community volunteers are focused on acute malnutrition
  • 1,304 caregivers and community groups were reached through nutrition awareness initiatives
  • 123 community health workers and volunteers were trained to give pregnant women and new mothers the information they need when they need it
  • 9 community health groups have established links with local health institutions and providers
  • 13 community health workers and volunteers have gone through a technical observation and passed in the last three months

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Mozambique funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 25 teachers were trained in our literacy programme
  • 16 reading clubs were started
  • 25 school board members went to our training

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Mozambique funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 2 producer groups, who generate and sell goods collectively, have added new products or services for additional revenue
  • 2 groups of farmers are joining forces to produce and sell their products
  • 42 farmers learned better ways to grow, harvest, or process their products
  • 82 farmers learned better ways to farm their crops and livestock
  • 85 new savings groups were started

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Mozambique funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.