Recovery and basic rights access for vulnerable and displaced families in Nampula  

Since 2013 GSIF has been working in the areas of Serra da Mesa, periphery of Nampula, the second largest city and economic and political center of northern Mozambique, to provide informal education, nutrition and adult literacy pour women and children in vulnerable conditionsrecently exacerbated by health and economic consequences of pandemic and minimal basic service provision. Starting from the 2019 we are implementing new activities to improve access to health care to Beira communities affected by natural disasters and lately we are extending our efforts to provide immediate relief to displaced people and refugees fled from Cabo Delgado, a region hit by food security crisis due to climate changes and by the insurgence of terrorismto Nampula.   


  • Emergency relief for refugee and displaced families Nampula’s peripherical areas: the project, started in 2019, provides immediate shelter, medicines and COVID preventive items for people just arriving in most precarious conditions from Cabo Delgado area; families established in informal settlements have been offered food and basic necessities; we developed a team of community mobilizers for psychosocial support and referrals with other NGOs and government institutions for re-integration and recovery to start a more dignified life. 
  • Adult literacy and informal pre-school services for children in the community of Serra da Mesa, in the outskirts of Nampula. About 50 children and 20 women are enrolled annually. The services include literacy, schooling and tutoring, nutrition as well as partners education for the families migrating from disadvantages rural to urban areas of Nampula.   
  • Emergency response to Cyclone Idai – Rehabilitation of the referral system in Beira. In 2019 in partnership with the Italian NGO Doctors with Africa CUAMM we provided emergency relief to improve access to basic primary healthcare services to the population affected by the Idai cyclone later to the cyclone Kenneth. 2,800+ vulnerable people, especially pregnant women and children at risk in Beira received health assistance thanks to the emergency ambulance referral system.  








Emergency Relief
Human Rights


Mozambique emerged from a civil war 25 years ago as one of the poorest and most underdeveloped countries in the world. Yet poverty level remains high with up to 63% of the population living below the national poverty line and lacking access to basic services like schools and health facilities, especially in rural areas of the country.  

The country is particularly exposed to extreme climate-related events, with floods, cyclones and droughts. These natural hazards are having a long-term impact especially on the lives of the poorest due to their limited capacity to cope. Recent escalation of violence and armed attacks in Cabo Delgado, one of the least developed parts of Mozambique, forced thousands to flee their villages and move to other provinces, where they live in very poor and precarious conditions.   

Facts and figures

  • 77,000 severely food insecure people in Nampula province (OCHA, Sept 2021) 
  • 68,000+ displaced people in Nampula area (OCHA, Nov 2021) 
  • 181 out of 189 HDI Index 2019 
  • 63% of the population lives below the poverty line (World Bank 2014) 
  • 50% women above 15 years are illiterate (Unesco 2017) 


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