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You are making a difference in Mozambique!

A glimpse of what your sponsored child’s life is like in Mozambique:


  • The vast majority of Mozambique’s population is rural. Traditional homes are round dwellings supported by poles held together with mud and topped with roofs thatched with palm leaves. Most families include several generations living together under one roof.
  • Villages generally erect a fence called a “boma” around the perimeter, providing protection from wild animals.
  • Rural residents generally eat a diet based on the cassava root, which is baked, dried, or mashed with water to form a porridge. Corn is another staple food.


  • In Mozambique, primary education is free and required by law. It is subdivided into two levels: the lower primary, which consists of five years of schooling (grades 1 through 5), and upper primary, which comprises two years (grades 6 and 7).
  • The official age of entry into school in Mozambique is 6 years old.


  • The people of Mozambique are ethnically diverse, but ethnic categories are fluid and reflect the country’s colonial history. All inhabitants of the country were designated Portuguese in 1961.
  • Although Mozambique has limited written literature, it has a rich heritage of oral storytelling. Folk art of the Mozambicans represent the indigenous cultural beliefs of the country. Modern art flourished in the country following independence.
  • Mozambicans are also experts in a wide variety of crafts such as wood carving. Elaborate masks are carved and used in ritual dances.


Mozambique is in southeast Africa, bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west, and Swaziland and South Africa to the southwest. Mozambique is home to many rich and extensive natural resources. The country’s economy is largely based on agriculture, but other industries such as food, beverage, and chemical manufacturing are growing.

  • Capital: Maputo
  • Population: 29,495,962
  • Language: Portuguese and Emakhuwa


In 1987, FH began working in Mozambique in response to RENAMO’s (Mozambican National Resistance) attack and the Mozambican civil war, continuing relief efforts after the peace accord of 1992. Since then, FH has focused efforts on long-term development work in agriculture, education, and income generation, as well as a focus on reducing child mortality.


  • You are supporting improved agricultural practices and savings groups.
  • You are training community members on best health practices through a social and behavior change strategy and through care groups. Many of these programs also focus on ending malaria transmission and its impact on health and nutrition.
  • You are helping increase access to clean drinking water through the construction and rehabilitation of water points.

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If you need assistance, please contact us at donorhelp@fh.org or 866-307-3259.

Gift Policy:
You may send small, flat paper-based items that can fit into a standard #10 size envelope, have a value of less than $5 dollars and weigh less than 4 ounces. We ask that you send small, flat items of this size because shipping is expensive and even small gift items can cause issues clearing customs.
You can send postcards or photographs, however, we ask that you visit here for more details about culturally appropriate guidelines for photos and other images. Please write the child’s ID # on the back of each item that you enclose with your letter to ensure that it reaches him/her.
Best gifts to send your sponsored child:
  • Paper dolls
  • Postcards
  • Pictures of yourself or family
  • Sports cards, individual cards (baseball, soccer, football)
  • Stickers (flat, paper-based, only a few at a time)
  • Paper-based simple bookmarks, stationery, drawing, or writing paper (single sheets)
  • Coloring pages (single sheets, not books)
  • Please do NOT send:
  • Monetary gifts
  • Liquids, candy, or food
  • Batteries or magnets
Please note, all items should be compliant with airline transport and safety regulations. Gifts that don’t meet the gift policy will be donated to a local Christian non-profit organization in Phoenix, Arizona, that works with low-income families. We will not be able to return them.