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40 years in Africa

Celebrating 40 years in Africa

In 1971, the first SOS Children's Village opened in Africa, in Ivory Coast. Today there are 153 SOS Children's Villages across the vast and diverse continent, in 45 countries.

These Children's Villages are home to 16,000 children who, for various reasons, can no longer live with their biological family. Many of them are orphans.

We also provide services for families in need through our community projects. These programmes help over 700,000 people living in African countries. Like our projects across the world, SOS Children's work in Africa is carried out by people local to the region.

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To celebrate our 40th anniversary of working on the African continent, we created Our Africa. This is an online platform for young Africans to tell their own stories, in their own words, through short videos. Their videos offer a special insight into the rhythm of their daily lives. In 2012, the initiative won the One World Media Award for New Media.

For over 40 years, we have been delivering tailored services and offering help to vulnerable children and families in Africa. Help make this work possible.

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Donate a pound a week

A small regular contribution is an effective way to make a long-term difference.

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Sponsor a child in Africa

You can sponsor a child living in one of the SOS Children's Villages in Africa. 

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Support our work in Africa

By donating regularly, you will become a substantial supporter of our programmes.


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We give hope to African children with no-one by providing a family upbringing, education, medical care and loving support in our Children's Villages. We also support families who have been affected by poverty, HIV/AIDS, or other circumstances which make life a struggle. This includes malaria, malnutrition, or living on the streets. Our services aim to provide children with a nurturing family home. Yet many more children and families need help.

If you support our work, you will be helping a charity with decades of experience, along with local knowledge and partnerships in African countries. Sponsor a child in Africa today.


With SOS Children, all sponsored children get a loving family, food, medical care and education from the charity.