More than half of Mozambique's population - about 11 million people - live below the poverty line. Since 2007, we've been championing their rights to health, education, sanitation and protection.
Mozambique faces enormous challenges in caring for its children.
Around 43% of children suffer from stunted growth caused by malnutrition.
Child marriage is widely accepted - nearly one in two girls is married by 18.
Many children die of preventable or treatable diseases - 84,000 each year don't live to see their fifth birthday.
How we're helping
Early education is crucial to later success, but many children from poorer families don't have a safe place to play and learn. That's why Plan International is making sure children have the chance to go to preschool.
Parents tell us that when their children wake up, the first thing they do is ask to go to preschool. At home after school, they love to teach their families the songs, games and stories they've learned.
And when they get to primary school, their teachers report that children who have attended Plan International preschools can listen, focus and generally do better than their peers.
We also provide teachers with educational materials, build classrooms and libraries, support children's school councils and provide scholarships to children.