Mozambique: Immediate relief, long-term development - shielding communities against the next big threat

Mozambique is a country rich in natural resources. Yet, the sweeping effects of a 16-year civil war, that came to an end in the early 90s, have greatly stunted its shot at transformation. Poverty, crime and unemployment persist - compounded by one of the highest HIV rates in the world.

In a devastating blow for Mozambicans, March 2019 saw the coastal city of Beira hit by a tropical cyclone that left 1.7 million people in crisis. Destructive floods damaged bridges and roads, halting the delivery of food and other emergency provisions. Public water supplies were left untreated, leaving many rural communities disposed to water-borne diseases such as cholera.

For a young generation up against the odds, Cyclone Idai has had perilous consequences. An estimated 900,000 children have been separated from their families or orphaned, made homeless or otherwise affected. The trauma experienced by these children, as well as those who care for them, is both lasting and significant. HIV/AIDS has also resulted in a surge in child-headed households in recent years. Children from such homes are extremely vulnerable to risks including sexual exploitation and child labour. Many drop out of school as a result.


Mozambique has a population of 34.8 million people


An estimated 46.1% of people are living below the poverty line

Our Reach

In 2023 5,159 people took part in our programmes

What we do in Mozambique


We work to protect and support 'at risk' groups such as orphaned children by making their physical safety and psychosocial wellbeing a community project. Our work focuses heavily on the nexus between urgent humanitarian aid and long-term risk reduction, putting in place sustainable community-owned structures to tackle everything from the HIV/AIDS epidemic to the clean water crisis - all the while respective of the wider political context.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

We supply local businesses with the tools to deliver clean drinking water - and make funds available in areas where there are no public facilities. Through awareness-raising and health messages we also promote good hygiene and sanitation practices and teach communities how to maintain water supplies - in close collaboration with municipal governments.

Food Security

We train smallholder farmers in climate-smart agriculture so that communities can harness the fruits of their environment and build back better following major stresses and shocks. Our Farmer Field School's (FFSs) meet once a week to test common agricultural practices and adopt strategies that increase production and nutritional quality - good for business and families.

Women and Girls Empowerment

We deliver a core package of education and awareness-raising programmes that, in the absence of health facilities, counter the key drivers of HIV infection and sexual violence among women and girls. We also set up open community forums where people come together to listen to young women from vulnerable households and break down social norms such as early marriage.

Cabo Delgado Humanitarian Response

Cabo Delgado is a province severely affected by a complex humanitarian crisis with military tension, climate-induced problems and high levels of poverty. Currently, there are over 750,000 internally displaced persons and approximately 1.3 million people without a secure supply of food. Dorcas Mozambique is now active in Cabo Delgado province and is focussing on the District of Chiure. The urgent need to respond to the growing complex humanitarian crisis there is in line with Dorcas’ mission.

In Cabo Delgado, Dorcas intends to address not just immediate needs, but also long-term development needs. The Humanitarian Response Plan 2021 for Mozambique targets 1 million people in need. Our current focus is the immediate emergency response. Together with our partner, we are implementing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and food security projects in Chiure. WASH will help to improve the hygiene and sanitation situation in the transition camps for internally displaced persons. Another major concern is that the camp inhabitants have nothing to do and remain idle for most of the day. We will therefore seek funds for agriculture and other activities to keep the camp residents motivated and active.

PIP Farming: Integrated Farm Plan

The PIP Farming project aims to build a solid foundation for sustainable change towards enhanced food production and good land stewardship. It motivates farmers to tackle land degradation and invest in their land.

These farmer families become actors of change, determent to make their vision become reality: a more resilient farm as the foundation for a more sustainable future.

Meet our Country Director…

Florencio Marerua - Country Director Mozambique

"Mozambique has been devastated not only by climate disaster but by years of internal fighting. When I returned to my country at the end of the 80s, 13 years of civil war had taken a huge toll. Two decades later, the scars are still felt and can be seen today in the escalating violence and rise of armed groups in the northern province. Though we are not a political organisation, Dorcas cannot ignore these events in our activities - we must incorporate an element of peace-building too. Sustainable development and resilient solutions to displacement simply fall apart in the absence of peace. This is our duty - and our challenge - as an international humanitarian organisation."

Our partners

Programme Partners

  • ADEL - Cabo Delgado
  • ADPP
  • Data4Moz
  • Kulima
  • Kickstart International
  • EquipMoz

Strategic Partners and Donors

  • ZOA
  • EOM

Contact Dorcas Mozambique

Av Base N’tchinga
Number 709, Bairro da Coop

Phone number
T: +258 214 18 804

Email address