More than a decade after independence, the people of Kazakhstan continue to suffer serious hardship. High unemployment, inflation, poor infrastructure, poverty, prostitution, drug addiction and HIV/AIDS means everyday life is full of challenges. Many children, grow up in extreme poverty with no hope of a bright and fulfilling future.

Our Children's Villages in Kazakhstan

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We began working in Kazakhstan in 1997 when the first SOS Children's Village was established in Almaty, the former capital. a residential area on the edge of the city, with hospitals, schools and shops nearby. Over 95 children between eighteen months and 15 years old live in the 11 family houses with their SOS mothers.


SOS Children's Village Astana opened in 2000 in the new capital, Astana. Like the Village in Almaty, the children are a mix of different nationalities and religions.
In Capchagay, near Almaty, an SOS Social Centre has been established to provide holiday accommodation for the children and the mothers during the summer months.

Temirtau, Karaganda

A third SOS Children's Village opened in 2004 in Temirtau, a poor industrial city near Karaganda. It has 12 family houses.

Local contact

SOS Children’s Villages Kazakhstan   

9 Samal District, Office 13
Astana 010000

Tel: +7 7172 439039, +7 7172 439040
Fax: +7 7172 439041

e-mail: batyrkhan.jenalayev@sos-kazakhstan.kz

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