Sudan - Africa
SOS Children’s Villages has been operating in Sudan since the 1970s, beginning our work in the capital city, Khartoum. Five decades of conflict have had a terrible effect on the lives of the Sudanese people.
We help orphaned and vulnerable children in Sudan find a loving home and family in one of our SOS Children’s Villages. We help poor children stay with their families, and after disasters, we have run emergency relief programmes to help children and families survive
Many future challenges facing Sudanese society
Years of conflict and frequent natural disasters have kept Sudan as one of the least developed countries in the world. More than 45% of the population have no access to clean drinking water and over 76% have no access to sanitation facilities. Sudan lost 75% of its oil reserves when South Sudan gained its independence in July 2011. Many people remain below the poverty line and are largely dependent on food aid.
Children in Sudan
Infant mortality rates are high in areas including Darfur, South Kordofan and the Blue Nile State. Here, children are less likely to finish their education. In Darfur and Kordofan, less than 5% finish school, compared to 50% in the richer north.
It is estimated around 3.5 million children live without parental care and child labour is widespread. Many work in factories, farms or in informal sectors such as car washing and street vending. Child-trafficking and child soldier recruitment remain problems.
Girls are particularly disadvantaged as they are less likely to attend school and forced marriage at a young age is a possibility.
Our work in Sudan
Despite the signing of a peace deal in 2005, the conflict, unrest and suffering in Sudan continues. We have been active in Sudan since 1978 and continues to support refugees, child soldiers and families affected by the conflict.
We began working in Sudan 1978 when the first SOS Children's Village and SOS Nursery were built on land donated by the Sudanese government on the outskirts of the capital Khartoum. The Village has 15 family homes for 140 orphaned and abandoned children and two SOS Youth Homes, one for girls (on-site) and one for boys, which is located just down the road. In 1982 an SOS School (primary and secondary), which is also open to children from the neighbourhood, was built in Suba, about twenty minutes walk from the Village. There are 24 classrooms at the school (12 for girls and 12 for boys) and a playground and sports area. Eight new classrooms were added to the school in 1995. A farm on the banks of the Nile, not far from Suba, provides vocational training for SOS youths as well as food for the Village, with the surplus being sold locally. As well as learning how to cultivate fruit and vegetables, the youths learn how to rear poultry and cattle.
As part of the International Year of the Family in 1995, SOS Children constructed an artesian well in the El Salama district of Khartoum which supplies fresh water to about 25,000 people in the area.
SOS Children’s Villages Sudan
National Director: Ahmed Mihaimeed
AL Manshya, Block 86, Building 108
P.O. Box 1988
Tel +249/1/83/285865 +249/1/83/285867
Fax +249/183/77 1621