children in Lithuania

Too often, Lithuanian children are afflicted by violence. Many are taken into care due to physical abuse, while unemployment and poverty means that some parents simply cannot afford to look after their children. Conditions in the state-run institutions in which many children find themselves are far from ideal. The buildings and facilities are old, and there are not enough specialists to look after children in care. For those children who are able to stay with their parents, schools are in short supply and in rural parts the health system is poor as well.

Lithuania was hard hit by the economic crisis, with unemployment rising to a shocking 18% by 2010. Crime and corruption continue to be a problem, and violent crime is a particular problem in this ex-Soviet state – the homicide rate is one of the highest in Europe at 8.76 murders per 100,000 people. Many Lithuanians have left the country in search of higher living standards and since the country joined the EU in 2004, the population has dropped by as much as 180,000.

Our Children's Villages in Lithuania

SOS Children’s Villages began work in Lithuania because of the desperate need for family-based care for children no longer able to live with their parents. An important part of our work involves supporting vulnerable families in local communities.

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We have been active in Lithuania since the 1990s when the country's first Children's Village opened in a suburb of the capital city, Vilnius. This diverse city is the economic, cultural and political heart of the country, yet the recent economic crisis has brought hardship to many families.

Local contact

SOS Vaiku Kaimu Draugija Lietuvoje

Ukmerges str. 223

07156 Vilnius


Tel: +370 5 274 2717

Fax: +370 5 274 2718


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