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Our work in Africa

For over four decades, SOS Children has provided a home for African children who cannot grow up with their parents. Today, our reach extends into 45 countries across this vast and diverse continent, where we provide homes in 145 Children's Villages.

Children attending Day Care at the SOS Social Centre Gulu UgandaThese Children's Villages are home to nearly 16,500 children who can no longer live with their biological families. 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.

We cannot do this work without the help of supporters like you. If you would like to make a different in the lives of vulnerable African children, use the links below to find out how you can become part of work.

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Our reach in Africa

Across Africa, we provide support to 16,500 children in 45 African countries.

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What our supporters say

“I know that our sponsorship money does make a difference to children’s lives.”

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Be part of Chipata

Chipata Village needs you! Transform a Zambian child's life today.

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How do we help?

  • Protection: Conflict, disease and drought means that many African children end up living on their own. We provide a family home in our SOS Children's Villages so that children can grow up happy and healthy with the opportunity for a bright future. Learn more...
  • Strengthening families: As well as caring for children without parental care, we support families at risk of break up so children can grow up in a healthy environment. We do this by identifying the challenges families face and delivering targeted support so they can raise themselves our of difficulty. Read more...
  • HIV/AIDS: Sub-Saharan Africa is home to 12% of the world's population, yet 69% of HIV patients live here. A key focus for us is prevention, treatment and support for children impacted by HIV. Find out more...
  • Malnutrition: Many African children face day-to-day hunger. Not only can this threaten lives, it can also affect a child's physical and mental development. We ensure that children in vulnerable communities get a healthy and adequate diet. Discover more...
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Our Africa

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.

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Don't forget, if you want to make a difference in the life of a vulnerable African child, all you have to do is sponsor a child:

Sponsor a child in Africa

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