Children in Madagascar

Growing up with no parents, many children find themselves on the streets, resorting to begging, cleaning car windows and child prostitution. Those who are lucky enough to live with their families find themselves unable to attend school through lack of funding. Instead, they begin difficult and dangerous work from as young as 8, working 12-hour days as unpaid servants, labouring in toxic environments or being trafficked for work abroad.

Our Children's Villages in Madagascar

Being forced into work at such a young age gives Malagasy children little optimism for the future. Frequent natural disasters lead to homelessness and rapidly-increasing population growth increases the scarcity of food. Almost a million children are orphaned.


SOS Children's Villages began working in Vontovorona in 1989 and has been able to provide support to families so that parents can work while children study in the care of SOS staff. Children in Vontovorona benefit from good medical care, and learn carpentry and dress-making.


Mangarano is located near the city of Tamatave on the east coast of Madagascar. On several occasions, cyclones have completely destroyed the city. Food is scarce and thousands of children under five die from malnutrition each year.


SOS Children's Villages began working in Antsirabe, in the central highlands of Madagascar, in 2003, supporting rural communities who were moving into the capital to seek work. On coming to the city, migrants were forced to live in precarious conditions on the outskirts of the city.

Local Contact

Villages d’Enfants SOS de Madagascar

P.O. Box 6062
Antananarivo 101

Tel: +261 32 40 06116, +261 20 22 41827


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