Angola - Africa
Despite an improving economic situation, half of the Angolan population still live in poverty, and life expectancy is only 55 years. Despite being rich in oil and diamonds, the wealth generated from natural resources only reaches those at the top. Up to 250,000 Angolans are living with HIV; more than 10% of them children.
Children in Angola
Tragically, 220 out of every 1,000 children born in Angola die before the age of 5, one of the world’s highest child mortality rates. A lack of healthcare workers means many children die needlessly. Food shortages affect rural and semi-rural parts, leaving one in three Angolan children malnourished. In addition, the civil war left around 700,000 children without one or both parents. Furthermore, an estimated 120,000 orphans lost their parents to HIV/AIDS.
Our work in Angola
The war in Angola has left thousands of children in the country without parental care. In this country, the need for social welfare facilities targeting refugee children and orphans is particularly great. The work of SOS Children’s Villages in Angola dates back to 1986 when the Angolan government and our organisation held the first official talks. In 1994, our first fully-fledged programme in Angola was started. At present SOS Children’s Villages is supporting Angolan children, young people and families in three different locations by providing day care, education, vocational training and medical services. Children who can no longer live with their families are cared for by SOS mothers in SOS families.
SOS Children’s Village Lubango began its work in 1996. Lubango Village provides a home for up to 140 children in 13 family houses.
Through our SOS social centre, we support families in their acquisition of skills which enable them to become self-sufficient and sometimes we give them subsidies or loans. Our SOS vocational centre is specialised in agricultural training and we also provide a piece of land where families can grow vegetables for themselves or to sell at the market.
SOS Children's Village in Benguela was completed in 2005. There are 13 permanent family homes for almost 120 children, many of them war orphans. An SOS nursery school accommodates more than 100 children, thus enabling single mothers to go to work without having to leave their children home alone. The SOS primary school is highly regarded and children from the SOS families are taught together with children from the local community here. Up to 480 pupils benefit from access to education
A third Children’s Village opened in Huambo in 2010. The Village comprises 12 family houses for up to 120 children. SOS Children also runs a nursery school and a primary school, which is attended by children from the SOS families and from the nearby areas. When we started running the SOS nursery, there were no day care facilities where children could be looked after while their parents went to work or received training. The nursery also provides vital pre-school education, which will prepare the children for school. The SOS school can provide primary education for up to 600 pupils. Through access to education, the children will have a chance of better prospects for the future for themselves as well as their families.
Family Strenghtening Programmes
During the civil war, Benguela, on Angola’s west coast, served as a refuge for thousands of people from the mountain regions, and many refugee children were placed in refugee camps and orphanages there. In 2001 we began running Family Strengthening Programmes in Angola, offering support to vulnerable families in the community, many of whom have been affected by HIV / AIDS.
The main aim of the Family Strengthening Programme is to help children at risk of losing their natural family environment by strengthening their families’ ability to care for them. This includes providing educational scholarships, school materials and school uniforms and medical support. SOS Children’s Villages also provides business training for parents so that they are able to support their families financially. Moreover, a local orphanage receives material support through the scheme.
An SOS Social Centre has been running its Family Strengthening Programme since 2008, focusing on providing a range of services for HIV and AIDS-affected families. There is also an SOS School, educating up to 600 pupils.
Aldeia de Crianças SOS Angola
Caixa Postal 332
Tel: +244/2612 45101
Fax: +244/2612 45889