Children in Algeria - Africa
As in many developing countries, rural poverty is a devastating issue in Algeria. Poverty translates into a lack of decent housing and sanitation and prevents children from receiving a quality education and accessing adequate healthcare.
Social exclusion, poverty and a lack of family support leaves many children open to exploitation and abuse. Though education is generally free up to the age of 16, school drop-out rates are high, and many children go without a basic education. Of the country’s half a million orphaned children, a large proportion end up living on the street, facing violence and starvation, drug abuse and often death.
Our Children's Villages in Algeria
SOS Children’s Villages began work Algeria in 1981. Our Children’s Village in the capital Algiers provides a home for some of the city’s many orphaned children, as well as vital support to numerous families in the local area.
Our Village is home to up to 142 children living in 13 SOS familes.
In recent years, we have expanded our family strengthening programmes in the region to reach as many struggling families as possible. The aim is to alleviate hardship and maintain family stability so that children will be safe and protected and grow up in a loving home. We now run SOS social centres in Draria, Corso, Naciria, Tipaza and Tizi Ouzou, reaching over 1,500 people. The centres ensure that children have access to essential health and nutritional services, as well as education. We assist parents by providing guidance on income-generating skills and parenting practices, as well as counselling and psychological support where needed.
SOS Children in Algeria
Association Algérienne des Villages d’Enfants SOS
Bureau du Représentant de SOS KDI
Villa N° 136
16081 Baba Hassen
Tel: +213 / 2031 0576, +213/661 59 2436
Fax: +213 21 350134, +213/21 307642