Projects in Mozambique

In Mozambique, the main focuses of our work are on HIV/Aids and rural development. The partner organisations of terre des hommes schweiz work to champion the rights of children and young people, and to help women and girls working in rural areas.

A life without violence for girls and young women

In the province of Manica, the HIV infection rate is about 15%. This figure is partly due to the high number of violent crimes and sexual attacks. Violence against women and girls is socially tolerated in Mozambique because of the traditional gender roles. Many victims keep quiet for fear of being isolated. By increasing awareness and counselling victims, our partner organisation LeMuSiCa is making an important contribution to establishing the rights of women and girls in the province of Manica.

Empowerment of women and girls

Because of the prevailing gender inequality, women and girls in rural Mozambique are sorely disadvantaged. Girls often do not go to school because they have to look after their younger siblings, or help their mother with work in the home and fields. Despite new family legislation, women still have barely any right to have a say in decision-making. Our partner organisation AMUDEM is committed to equality between the sexes and the empowerment of women and girls.

Working against forced marriages

In rural regions of Mozambique, forced marriage is the norm for young girls. Many parents marry their daughters off at the age of just 12 or 13 so that they no longer have to provide for them. Early marriages usually result in an end to schooling for the girl. In the province of Manica, committed young people have formed themselves into an organisation called Pembenuca to fight for girls’ rights and create ways for young people to earn an income.

Craft courses for children and young people

In Mozambique, many children and young people are suffering the consequences of poverty, violence and HIV/Aids. Because they have to help out with housework or in the fields, they have little time to go to school. Yet, without a proper education, it is virtually impossible to escape the downward spiral of poverty. Our partner organisation Centro Aberto de Jesus organises handicrafts courses to give children and young people new hope for the future.

Psychological and social support for children and young people affected by HIV/Aids

In Mozambique more than 400,000 children have lost at least one parent to Aids. These children and young people suddenly find themselves alone and having to look after their younger siblings. Our partner organisation OSAMULIZA makes sure that those affected receive both psychosocial and material support.

Basic information

Vereinfachte Landkarte von Moçambique

Size: 945 087 km² (22,9 times Switzerland)

Population: 53.5 Mio. (6,4 times Switzerland)

Human Development Index: 0.531 (Rank 151 of 185 countries)

Income distribution in %: 73,1 (0 = Equal distribution / 100% = one person owns everything)

Share of population from 0 to 24 years: 64,1% (Switzerland: 26,5%)

Murder rate: 12,7 of 100 000 Inhabitants (Switzerland: 0,6)

Key project area: Prevention of violence, education an income

Programme Coordinator

Jonas Wagner-Mörsdorf
Programmcoordination Moçambique and institutional Fundraising
061 338 91 46 | Jonas.Wagner(a)
Jonas Wagner-MörsdorfProgrammcoordination Moçambique and institutional Fundraising

061 338 91 46 | Jonas.Wagner(a)