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Located on the southeastern coast of Africa, Mozambique has over 1,400 miles of coastline. Lagoons, coral reefs, and islands run along the coast while a large, dry plateau dominates the rest of the landscape.
Mozambique is rated the fastest growing non-oil economy in sub-Saharan Africa, with a growth averaging 7.9 percent per year, according to World Bank. Despite this, it is still one of the world’s poorest countries. As of 2011, about 54 percent of the country’s population lives below the poverty line.
The impact of HIV and AIDS, waterborne disease, and tuberculosis have caused life expectancy in Mozambique to decline to around only 50 years.
Mozambique still has only 874 doctors, placing it in the bottom five countries in the world in terms of health worker ratios. The current coverage is only three doctors and 21 nurses per 100,000 people.
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Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. World Vision was able to work alongside communities to accomplish the following in 2012.
Coordinated with the local department of health to provide vaccinations and vitamin A supplements to over 60,000 pregnant women and children under the age of 5.
Drilled borehole wells and organized volunteer committees to monitor community water sources, ensuring families have access to clean water.
Partnered with local churches to provide Sunday school programs for children so they can learn Christian values and come to know the love of God and their neighbors.
Organized agricultural training for families, helping increase their food production through improved farming techniques.
Worked to encourage families to use the services of the health center rather than rely on negative cultural or traditional health practices.
Trained health councils and community care coalitions on HIV and AIDS prevention and awareness. These groups are now educating families and providing care for orphans, vulnerable children, and those living with the illness.
Worked with local partners, including churches, to provide training sessions for community members on children’s rights, keeping more girls and boys protected from abuse and making them participants in decisions that affect their lives.
Helped improve school infrastructure, provide teacher training sessions, and organize systems of tutors in reading, writing, and math skills, helping more children succeed in school.
World Vision is committed to partnering with the people of Mozambique to improve their lives today and to help enact sustainable solutions for the future of their children, families, and communities. World Vision’s child sponsorship program plays a vital role in this partnership, with donors from the United States sponsoring more than 23,300 girls and boys. In addition to sponsorship, World Vision operates other programs that benefit communities in Mozambique. Highlights include:
World Vision began work in Mozambique as a response to the 1983 civil war and drought of 1984, where food was distributed to 100,000 affected people. Since then, some of World Vision’s major accomplishments have included:
Geography and people
Located on the southeastern coast of Africa, Mozambique has over 1,400 miles of coastline. Lagoons, coral reefs, and islands run along the coast while a large, dry plateau dominates the rest of the landscape. The weather is tropical with the rainy season from October to March, and the dry season from April to September.
Natural resources include coal, titanium, natural gas, hydropower, and graphite.
Mozambique has a variety of ethnic groups, with the Makhuwa in the north, the Sena in the Zambezi valley, and the Tsonga in the south. The people primarily speak local dialects and use Portuguese as a second language. English is used in schools and in business.
Families tend to be large and rely on each other for help. Rural houses typically have only one room and are made from mud bricks and a thatched roof.
Mozambique gained its independence in June 1975 after 470 years as a Portuguese colony. After the death of the country’s first president in 1986, a six-year civil war started between the government and anti-establishment guerrillas.
Joaquim Chissanó won the country’s first democratic election in 1994. In the late 1990s, Mozambique posted some of the world’s largest economic growth rates, but natural disasters in 2000 and 2001 slowed the growth. The country continues to focus on economic improvement and to hold democratic elections.
Flooding in 2007 from Cyclone Favio and heavy seasonal rains in early 2008 destroyed homes, livestock, and crops and left an estimated 660,000 people in need of food assistance. A severe cholera outbreak in 2009 and 2010 infected thousands of people and killed over 100. More flooding in early 2010 affected hundreds of thousands of people.