Children in Azerbaijan
The social support system in Azerbaijan is seriously underdeveloped. Instead of receiving help to care for their children, struggling families are forced to turn to institutionalised care homes. Children who live on the streets or in institutions risk discrimination. Illness, HIV/AIDs and disability all result in prejudice and stigma. Over 10,000 citizens suffer from HIV/AIDS, and this problem is exacerbated by the poor health care provided. Girls can be forced into marriage far earlier than the legal age, and sometimes children as young as 5 are involved in child labour.
Despite high revenues from natural resources, Azerbaijan’s income is not widely spread and many people still live below the poverty line. There is a lack of basic health care, especially in provincial areas, and even when there are clinics, a visit is still too expensive for many people.
Our Children's Villages in Azerbaijan
In cooperation with the local authorities, SOS Children’s Villages focuses its efforts on supporting vulnerable families and helping parents to care for their children. It runs training programmes for parents and ensures that children from all backgrounds have a secure childhood with the opportunities for a successful future.
The capital city Baku is home to many poverty-stricken families, living in run-down concrete tower blocks and struggling to find work. Unemployment rates are high as outsiders come in search of work or in response to conflict in their own towns. With employment so difficult to come by, many people are working with no job security and very low wages, in a city where the cost of living is high. Many children in Baku end up in state-run institutions.
SOS Children's Villages started working here in 2000 to provide many of these children with a new home and the love and care they need. An SOS Playbus travels to children in the community, offering workshops, games and creative activities.
Ganja is the second largest city in Azerbaijan, and suffers from an underdeveloped infrastructure with poor water quality and out-of-date housing. The work of SOS Children's Villages is vital here to provide services such as schools, nurseries, hospitals and shops. We also target the high unemployment rates by offering parents job advice and guidance on raising children, helping families to stay together.
SOS Children’s Villages Azerbaijan
- Aliyeva str. 251-A
Tel: +99 412 4933913
Fax: +991 12 489 0297