Somaliland - Africa

Somaliland declares itself independent from Somalia and has managed to make important improvements in health, education and infrastructure. However, Somaliland’s economy is far from developed, and unemployment and poverty affect many families. Somaliland also faces frequent natural disasters such as flooding and drought. Due to its lack of recognition as an independent region, it struggles to gain access to foreign aid.

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Children in Somaliland

Tens of thousands of children in Somaliland have lost their parents, and many of them have no choice but to beg on the streets. More and more, children face child trafficking for commercial gain. Almost all girls undergo female genital mutilation, which not only causes psychological harm, but leads to severe birth complications later in life.

Our work in Somaliland

SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting people in Somaliland since the late 1990s, helping to create strong families and giving children a promising future. Working from Hargeisa, we are able to provide the best education in the region to local children at our SOS school.



Poor living conditions in Hargeisa cause disease and family instability. SOS Children's Villages began work here 2009 to provide essential services, and to help the city develop. We offer care and support to families, as well as training and loans. Families are now able to begin new businesses, receive comprehensive health care and provide a safe and hopeful upbringing for children.

Local Contact

SOS Children’s Villages Somaliland
P.O. Box 76192
00508 Nairobi

Tel: +254 72 8888 132, +254 77 1785 244

Fax: +254 20 7789 744


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