Mozambique, a Portuguese speaking country in southern Africa, gained independence from Portugal in 1975. World Vision started operations in the country in 1983, providing assistance to people displaced by war. Eventually transitioning to development programming, World Vision created its first Area Development Programme (ADP) with child sponsorship in 1997. Currently, there are 110,000 children registered in 31 sponsorship programmes.
In 2010, the problem of food insecurity escalated as a result of both flooding and drought in Mozambique, with an estimated 300,000 experiencing hunger. World Vision responded by providing relief supplies to 70,000 beneficiaries. Three years earlier, World Vision had responded when an estimated 165,000 people were impacted by floods that destroyed homes and food stocks.
Approximately 3.5 million people are benefiting from a host of World Vision interventions in Mozambique, which include helping communities promote and strengthen child protection policies, strategies, and initiatives; to improve their food security status; to access education and safe drinking water; and to prevent HIV and AIDS while also caring for those affected by the pandemic.
Health - More than 100,000 children are now protected against malaria, thanks to insecticide-treated bed nets distributed by World Vision Mozambique. Thousands of communities are today more aware and in a better position to prevent HIV and AIDS, as result of World Vision Mozambique supported community mobilisation activities. Orphaned and vulnerable children have been provided key, multifaceted support from World Vision Mozambique supported Community Care Coalitions.
Education - Hundreds of children accustomed to studying under trees and in thatched houses without proper ventilation and lighting, now have better studying facilities following the construction of 15 schools. In 2011, World Vision Mozambique worked with the government and other non-government organisations (NGOs) to build more than 900 equipped primary schools. World Vision continues to increase the number of classrooms, allowing more children to go to school all over the country.
Water - Water and sanitation continues one of World Vision’s main priorities in Mozambique. According to official statistics, only 59.6 per cent of the population has access to safe water and 41.9 per cent has access to sanitation. Rural areas continue to be less privileged compared to urban areas in accessing safe water, which is essential in reducing children´s vulnerability to waterborne diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera, especially during rainy season.
In 2010, relief assistance was provided to 25,000 households or 100,000 people, in resettlement areas in Tete province which is susceptible to drought. Drought is caused by rains or discharges of the Cahora Bassa dam and it ends up affecting families. World Vision’s relief assistance was provided In coordination with a natural disaster management institute in Mozambique.