Gardening at the SOS Children's Village Tête Mozambique…
SOS Children decided to become active in Mozambique in 1986 because of the civil war that had been raging there for sixteen years.
Gardening at the SOS Children's Village Tête Mozambique
SOS Children's Villages decided to become active in Mozambique in 1986 because of the civil war that had been raging there for sixteen years. The decision was taken to establish an SOS Children's Village in Tete, capital of the province of the same name in the northeast of the country, to give a new home to some of the many children who had lost their parents in the war. In 1987 the cornerstone was laid and in May 1989 the SOS Children's Village Tete was officially opened. Because of the lack of infrastructure in the vicinity, an SOS nursery, an SOS Primary and Secondary School, a small clinic, a farm and a bakery were also built there. Two years later, in 1991, construction work on a second SOS Children's Village in Mozambique started in Laulane, a suburb of the country's capital, Maputo. This SOS Children's Village also included a number of supporting facilities right from the start, and the first children moved in at the end of 1992. On the occasion of the official opening ceremony of the SOS Children's Village in Maputo on 15 February 1995, the idea of building a third SOS Children's Village began taking shape. A site was chosen in Pemba, capital of the province Cabo Delgado, about 2,000 km northeast of Maputo, and in 2000 the first families were able to move into the new family houses. Construction work on the fourth Mozambican SOS Children's Village in Inhambane started in summer 2005 and was completed in spring 2008.
A Youth Facility near the SOS Children's Villages Tête Mozambique
Over the years, SOS Children's Villages Mozambique has also organised numerous SOS Emergency Relief Programmes, such as feeding programmes and basic medical care for children and their mothers, pregnant women and elderly people from the local communities in the 1980s and 1990s. When tropical storms devastated some provinces in 2000, SOS Children's Villages distributed medicines to families in the neighbourhood and secured a reliable supply of drinking water.
Tete, capital of the Tete Province, is located on the Zambezi River and is the site of one of the four bridges that cross it. Tete city is one of the hottest parts of Mozambique as it lies on a plateau 500 metres above sea level. It is the trade centre of the region and has more than 100,000 inhabitants. In the province of Tete, severe droughts often destroy the harvests of the whole region. The SOS Children's Village Tete is situated along the main road leading from Zimbabwe to Malawi. It has been in operation since October 1987 and the official opening ceremony took place on 16 May 1989 in the presence of the Mozambican minister of education.