Our FAQs

The Tutela team try answer your questions

1. How many orphans are there in the world?

It depends on how you categorise an orphan, but the most recent estimate by UNICEF is that there are 140 million orphans in the world (who have lost one or both parents), with 15.1 million double orphans who have lost both parents. Almost all orphans are over the age of 5. The vast majority of single orphans live with a family member.

2. Are there many orphans in Mozambique?

Exact numbers of double orphans is difficult to determine, but we estimate there are 20-25,000 children at risk in Maputo, the Capital. The vulnerable children we work with often do still have a relative somewhere but are unable to be cared for by any relative.

3. We know Mozambique is a poor country, but how much poverty is there?

Mozambique is ranked as the 7th poorest country in the world, with a per-capita GDP of just $5 USD per person per day, according to World Population Review. There are various measures of poverty but all indicate this is a nation of extreme poverty.

4. Roughly how many children in the world live in Orphanages?

The United Nations conservatively estimate that 8 million children live in orphanages worldwide.

5. Are there many orphanages in Mozambique?

Yes, unfortunately orphanages are still the most common approach to caring for abandoned children. As part of the Tutela initiative we are showing Mozambique how a formal foster care programme is a better way of helping children.

6. What is so different about Tutela’s approach?

Tutela is successfully modelling family-based care for children, seeking to allow children to be nurtured in a loving Mozambican family, knowing again a mum and a dad who are there for them to see them into adulthood. We believe there are many advantages for the children who might otherwise be drawn into institutional care.

7. Why was Tutela launched in Mozambique?

Read Jonny and Becky's story

8. Is Tutela formally recognised in Mozambique?

Yes, Tutela is fully registered as an NGO (Non-Government Organisation) in Mozambique.

9. How does Tutela identify vulnerable children in Mozambique?

There are many children living in extremely vulnerable situations in Maputo. We are known to the Social Welfare department, local Social Workers and other relief organisations who identify children who may need long-term family-based care.

10. How do you find suitable foster-parents?

We gather interest through local adverts and word of mouth. The Tutela team will spend months working with local Mozambicans expressing an interest, understanding their current lives, providing specialist teaching and helping them fully prepare for a change of life in raising a new family to adulthood.

11. Are there Adoption Agencies in Mozambique?

Mozambique does have a legal process for vulnerable children to be formally adopted, however it is not easy to access and not well publicised amongst the local population. Tutela is successfully pioneering foster-homes for these children to have a long-term loving family to give them the best possible outcomes moving into adult life.

12. Does creating a complete, new foster family work?

Yes, with care, we believe it does. We are seeing the new families bond together, children happily recognising their new brothers, sisters and parents as their long-term family.

13. What about safeguarding?

Tutela has submitted their safeguarding policies and processes as part of being registered in Mozambique. Tutela also uses the services of fully-qualified local Social Workers to support the establishment of assessment and monitoring the Tutela homes.

14. How much does it cost to set up a new home for up to 6 children in Mozambique?

Tutela funds all the main costs from donations: house rental, utility bills, clothing, schooling, food. One parent will usual work outside of the home and have an income – just like other local families, the foster mother does receive a small salary for her work. We need about £750 per month (£9,000 per year) for each home.

15. How much money is used for Tutela management?

All your donations, single or regular, go directly to the providing of homes and meeting the needs of the children we help. The Director's expenses are raised separately from other supporters.

16. Can you claim gift-aid on my donations?

Tutela is registered as a UK Charity (Registration #1160207) and if donors are also UK tax payers and provide their details, Tutela can collect the UK tax back as extra funds. Tutela is also registered in Mozambique, however all donations received locally cannot claim any tax relief.

17. Can I do anything practical to help, volunteering with the project

Yes, there is a team coming from UK in November 2019. Please contact us for more information.

18. Can I send equipment / clothing or organise a sponsored event?

Sending equipment, clothing etc. often proves to be difficult to get it delivered safely to us and the shipping costs are high, so please think of ways to be sponsored and send the money instead. If you are wanting to organise a sponsored event, do get in touch we will happily help you promote it.

19. Can I get in touch with someone from Tutela to find out more information?

Yes, we would love to hear from you and try to answer your questions. As a first port of call, contact Jonny Wakely on jonny@tutelaafrica.org.

20. What is the city of Maputo like?

Maputo is a vibrant city located on the coast of the Indian ocean. A lively, busy place with a population of around 1.1 million, it manages to maintain a fairly relaxed vibe helped no end by the warm subtropical temperatures most of the year round. Maputo is a city of extremes between wealthy investment and heart-aching poverty. Beauty is found to a small extent in the old portuguese architecture and to a large extent in the faces of local Mozambicans, who are generally a warm and embracing people. With some stunning coastline found just north of the city and some tasty cuisine in the local restaurants, it is definitely worth a visit.

Last Updated: 6 August 2019

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