Mozambique is located on the eastern shore of Africa. Once a Portuguese colony, Mozambique is now a democratic state with
an elected president. Over the last 40 years Mozambique has
been ravaged by war and by armed conflict, which have stripped
the country of infrastructure and economic activity. Natural disasters such as annual drought and floods continue to leave Mozambique vulnerable and weaken its remaining stability.
The result is that Mozambique is among the world’s 20 poorest countries, ranking 184 out of 187 countries on the 2011 Human Development Index. About half of the adults in Mozambique live in poverty and struggle for their day-to-day survival. Food and medical attention are scarce, the AIDS epidemic continues to be a threat to development and the massive foreign dept is oppressive. Uniquely and collectively these obstacles are making life shorter and more difficult for Mozambicans.
THE STATISTICS ARE DEVASTATING:
• 76 out of 1,000 children die before reaching the age of 5
• 1 in 200 mothers die from complications of childbirth
• 15% HIV rates exist in Sofala province (Care for Life’s province of focus)
• Life expectancy in Mozambique is 54 years
• 58% of Mozambicans in Sofala province live below the poverty level
• 75% of Mozambicans are unemployed
• 50% of the population is under 18
• 55% of adults in Mozambique are literate
• 48% of Mozambicans in the Sofala province have access to proper sanitation
• 41% of children under the age of five suffer from moderate or severe chronic malnutrition in the Sofala province
• 42% of child mortality under five is caused by malaria
• 48% of Mozambicans in the Sofala provice consume safe drinking water
• Population: 23.6 million; Children under 18: 10 million
• Income per capita: $370
Source: UNDP Quick Facts March 2011
CARE FOR LIFE VILLAGES
Care for Life carefully selects different villages to work with. A few years are spent working closely with the families in that village in order to help them learn and develop the necessary skills to maintain self-sufficiency.