Children in Albania
More and more children are at risk of losing their parents in Albania. Lack of support for parents and migration by adults mean many children grow up alone. Poverty is a big problem in rural parts, where infrastructure is particularly underdeveloped. Here, access to healthcare is limited and child labour rates four times higher than in the city. Children from deprived backgrounds are at risk from organised crime, with many girls falling victim to human traffickers.
Unemployment is a big problem for Albanians. In a country where agriculture remains the biggest sector by far, 13% of the population is without work. Basic services such as health and education were badly affected, and it is children who have suffered the most.
Our Children's Villages in Albania
SOS Children’s Villages came to Albania in 1992, after seeing the terrible conditions rife in children’s homes in the capital Tirana. By 1995, we had established our a Children’s Village in Albania, offering care to children who have lost their parents and support to families in the region.
When SOS Tirana opened in 1995, 13 Family Houses took in 91 lone children in need of our protection. In 1999, the war in Kosovo meant that many refugee children needed our help, and we provided temporary accommodation in the Village.
SOS Children Albania
Hermann Gmeiner Str No 5
PO Box 1524 Sauk
Tel: +355 4241597211
Fax: +355 42415973