Lubango is a city in the region of Huila in the south western part of Angola. About 876,000 people live in the city itself and about 2.6 million in the region. Many people moved here during the civil war in search of safety.
Like other areas of Angola, the region surrounding Lubango is affected by droughts and famines. As a result, 42% of children are not getting the food they need to grow and develop.
Since 1996, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Lubango.
Drought and famine often affect this southern area of Angola. In 2019, over 200,000 people were affected by drought in the region of Huila, where Lubango is situated.
Families that are already at risk, and living from one day to the next, are most affected when drought strikes.
Many of these people had come to the region from other areas of the country. They were in search of food for themselves or pastures for their cattle.
1.3 million people are living in poverty in the province where Lubango is situated. Most poverty is found in rural areas – most families here live off small farms to feed themselves. When drought strikes, they struggle to feed their children. In rural areas, there is a lack of doctors and health facilities.
There is also a link between poverty and education. This can be a vicious circle because when a family faces economic hardship, the children often have to drop out of school to contribute to the household’s income.