SOS Children’s Villages ensures that children grow up with the care, protection and relationships they need to become their strongest selves (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Angola).

Angola is situated in south-central Africa, on the Atlantic coast, and is home to 31 million people. A civil war that lasted 27 years ended in 2002. This war destroyed the infrastructure, killed over 1.5 million people and 4 million were displaced. In more recent years the country has had to deal with droughts, flooding and outbreaks of disease. There has been some improvement in some areas, but there are still many children, young people and families who need support so that they can look forward to a brighter future.

SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children and young people without parental care, or at risk of losing it, in Angola since 1994.

Children are at risk

Children and young people in Angola continue to face many challenges. For a start, only 25% of children under the age of 5 are even registered with the authorities – if a child does not have official documents, access to schooling, health and other assistance can be hard to get. The effects of the long war and existing conflicts continue to affect children. Millions of landmines are still buried in unmarked areas, and cause tragic accidents. Many children have lost parental care because of the war, and also because of HIV/AIDS. To make matters worse, climate change and natural disasters such as droughts and floods affect their lives
Of young people cannot read and write


There have been improvements in schooling and education in Angola – the quality of the teaching is improving and more children are going to school. However, although 76% of children start primary school, only 30% stay on into upper secondary school. As a result, 33% of young people are illiterate. Girls are more likely to drop out of school than boys. There are numerous reasons for this, but early marriage linked to hardship is amongst the reasons why girls drop out: 30% of women aged 20-24 were married, or in a union, before the age of 18.

3 in 4
Children live in poverty in Angola


Following the end of the civil war in 2002, the lives of some families in Angola improved. However, 48% continue to live in poverty, while 3 out of 4 children under 18 are poor. This often means they do not have enough food to eat, or cannot go to the doctor, and sometimes they have to stop going to school because the family cannot afford it. 19% of children are working in order to support themselves and their families. This is true in both rural and urban areas.

Children die before the age of 5 in Angola


The health of the children in Angola is threatened by the repeated humanitarian crisis. The lack of widespread medical help, means that children suffer from preventable an easily treatable diseases such as malaria. The mortality rate for young children in Angola is among the highest in the world: out of 1,000 children born in Angola, 75 die before they reach the age of five. The drought in 2016 affected 1.4 million people in Angola. As food prices rose, many families were not able to feed their children, especially in the rural areas that were worst affected.

Together we can make a difference for children in Angola

Can stay together
Learn at our kindergartens and schools
Grow up in our care
With SOS Children’s Villages’ support, Gabriela’s family has been able to become self-reliant. Gabriela now has a reliable income and can get enough food for her family. “Our plans and hope for our future is good”, says Gabriela (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Angola).

Working together for sustainable development

In 2015, leaders from 193 countries committed to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This 15 year plan aims to improve the lives of people by ending poverty, fighting inequality and protecting the planet.
GOAL 1: End poverty
SOS Children’s Villages supports families and communities to keep families together and to help them break out of the cycle of poverty.
GOAL 4: Ensure quality education for all
Every child and young person SOS Children’s Villages supports has access to education, from kindergarten right up to vocational training or university.
GOAL 8: Equal job opportunities for all
SOS Children’s Villages supports young people in developing the skills and self-confidence they need to find decent work and trains parents so that they can have a stable income.
GOAL 10: Reduce inequalities
SOS Children’s Villages works to keep children safe, by promoting peaceful and inclusive communities. We provide training on children’s rights and positive parenting.
GOAL 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies
We advocate laws and practices that ensure social inclusion and protection for children and young people without parental care or from marginalized households.

Let’s keep on protecting children and young people!

Many children have been able to find a safe and secure home. With your help, we can continue to change their lives