Central African Republic, Africa

Central African Republic is ranked 185th out of 187 in the United Nations Human Development Index, and its people rely extensively on the help of foreign donors and charities. Two thirds of the population live in poverty, one of the highest levels in the world. Illiteracy is widespread, with over 43% of the population unable to read or write. A succession of coups over the last half century has left the country politically unstable. The latest upheaval has forced close to one million people from their homes, leaving many more in need of help.

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Children in Central African Republic

Nearly half the population of Central African Republic is under 14 years of age. Hundreds of thousands of children have been orphaned by years of armed conflict, and many have been recruited as child soldiers.

Little more than a fifth of children finish primary school. Many children contract HIV/AIDS from their mother. Around 11,000 women living in Central African Republic need access to retro-viral treatment.

The recent violence has had a deep impact on children in the country. By 2014, 450,000 children were in need of protection; many of them unaccompanied. Schools have closed, robbing thousands of children of their only route out of poverty.

It is estimated that in 2014 alone, severe malnutrition will affect as many as 28,000 children in the Central African Republic.

Our Children's Villages in Central African Republic

For more than two decades, we have helped the most vulnerable children in CAR. As renewed violence threatened the well-being of children and families, we have offered emergency relief in a number of key locations. Today, we are providing food, shelter, clean water and medication to those forced from their homes by the violence. Our help especially goes out to children who have been separated from their families.

Bangui

Bangui is CAR's capital city and home to over half a million people. As well as a loving home with an SOS mother, our children can find lots of green open space, where children can play together and make friends. A fish and vegetable market, a mission station and a hospital all lie close to the Village.

Bouar

In 2009, we opened a second SOS Children’s Village in Bouar. We also offer education at our SOS nursery and primary school. Every year, we help 12,000 people in the community from our SOS medical centre.

Local Contact

SOS Children in Central African Republic

Villages d’Enfants SOS de République Centrafricaine
BP 1745
Bangui
Central African Republic

Tel: +236/70 99 28 93, +236/75 50 34 41

E-mail: sosrca@yahoo.fr

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