The crisis in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, has rapidly escalated as a result of conflict, insecurity, and violence, leaving an estimated 1.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Most internally displaced persons (IDPs) fled to the south of Cabo Delgado, where they have been absorbed either in IDP transitional centers, specific IDP resettlement sites, or so-called ‘extended’ host communities. In Metuge and Chiúre districts, where IsraAID is active, a total of 97% of all IDPs stay in ‘extended’ host communities - mostly extended family and friends whose already limited resources are being strained by the rapidly growing influxes.
To support hundreds of children currently living in the Nicavaco Resettlement Camp, IsraAID is operating a Child Friendly Space, as well as training community facilitators to build the community's resilience from within. At IsraAID activities, we are able to provide a safe space that offers children stability. Despite being away from their homes, schools, and communities, children are still able to receive an education with the mental health and psychosocial support necessary during this unpredictable period of their lives.
Additionally, we are focusing on children and adults with disabilities who are often overlooked during crises and do not receive the particular services or support they need to thrive.
Filomena is a 25-year-old community activist from Metuge, Cabo Delgado. She recently participated in one of IsraAID Mozambique's training for community activists that specifically support people with disabilities.
“I’m very proud of my job because I get to talk to people and make them feel better and happier. In this training, I learned what it means to give psychosocial support, the importance of letting a person breathe, and giving someone the time and space to share what is afflicting them if they feel comfortable. And most importantly, I’m happy that I learned new things and can pass this knowledge on to help more people.”
As we commit to vulnerable communities in Mozambique, we thank you for your continued support.
“We in Mozambique commit to providing psychosocial support to the IDP community affected by the conflict in Cabo Delgado.” - Manuel, PSS (Psychosocial Support) Officer