Habitat for Humanity Mozambique
Habitat's work in Mozambique
Mozambique News and Stories
Mozambique is a country of great potential and many contrasts. Located in southern Africa, it has borders with six other countries and more than 2,500 km of Indian Ocean coastline. Its population is strikingly young, with 10 million children accounting for half of the total population of 20 million.
More than 1.6 million people are infected with HIV/Aids. In Mozambique, 500 people become infected with HIV/AIDS every day, especially women and children.
As a generation of parents die in Mozambique, they leave behind a social vacuum and over 1.5 million orphans, 500,000 due to HIV/AIDS.
The housing need in Mozambique
Since the end of the civil war in 1992 Mozambique’s economy has grown. However, it remains among the world’s poorest 20 countries and ranks 175 out of 179 on the 2008 Human Development index.
The income per capita is US$370 and more than 58 percent of children live below the poverty line.
Seventy percent of people live in rural areas and subsist by farming small plots of land. Others migrate to South Africa to find work, leaving families behind as they search for a better future.
About Habitat for Humanity Mozambique
Habitat has been active in Mozambique since 2000, building over 2,000 homes and sheltering over 7,500 people (most of them children).
In 2004, the decision was made to work only with Orphans and Vulnerable children. The Aids epidemic was creating a dramatic problem. Thousands of children were being orphaned and were living in unhealthy and unsafe housing.
Habitat Mozambique works in the Gaza province, which has a population of 1.5 million people. The HIV rate is high, and there are whole communities where the normal family composition is grandmother and grandchild.
Habitat works with the local community to build simple, decent homes. Habitat Mozambique also provides a toilet, mosquito nets and certeza (a water purifying liquid which makes water safe to drink). Each house is also protected by a legally-enforceable will ensuring that property grabbing does not take place. The children have the legal right to remain in the home even if their caregiver dies.
Habitat houses are made of cement blocks, have concrete floors and metal roofs. Without any major maintenance, these homes will last for more than 20 years, keeping children and their families safe and healthy.
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Population: 20.5 million
HIV Prevalence: 15 percent
Number of AIDS orphans: 500,000
When the program started: 2000
Housing Solutions: New houses, Orphans and vulnerable children (OVC)