Children in Guinea-Bissau - Afica

Guinea-Bissau suffers from extremely high infant mortality at 193 per 1,000 live births. Malnutrition afflicts around a fifth of children and a quarter are underweight at birth. Due to poor sanitation, many children die from preventable, curable diseases such as cholera and typhoid.

Nearly half of all Guinean children aged between five and 14 regularly work in labour-intensive agricultural jobs. During the cashew harvest, many are taken out of school to help.

Child prostitution is on the rise – girls are trafficked within the country for commercial sexual exploitation. Violence against girls is widespread, and many are forced into early marriage.

About 110,000 children have lost one or both of their parents. As a result, many children leave education to care for their families.

Our Children's Villages in Guinea-Bissau - Africa

Tens of thousands of children in Guinea-Bissau live in poverty. It was against this background that the government approached SOS Children in 1984, requesting us to start working in the country.

At present, we are helping Guinean children and young people in need by providing day care and education in three different locations.


SOS Children's Villages began working in Guinea-Bissau in 1994 with the opening of an SOS Children's Village. In 1998, fighting in the vicinity meant the village had to be evacuated to our Village in Bakoteh in The Gambia where they stayed for almost a year, before being able to return to Bissau.


We opened a second community in Gabu, a small provincial town about 200km east of Bissau, in 2001. The Village has twelve family houses along with a nursery and a primary school for the community which were built at the same time.


Canchungo is located in the western Cacheu Region of Guinea-Bissau. SOS Children's Village Canchungo consists of 12 family houses.

Local Contact

Fundação das Aldeias de Crianças SOS da Guiné-Bissau

B.P. 696

Tel: +245/67 77 778


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