Algeria is known as the gateway between continental Europe and Africa. Despite the discovery of large oil and gas reserves, vast parts of Algeria are deeply immersed in poverty. In Algiers, thousands of street children are struggling to survive without any support from their families. SOS Children’s Villages has been reaching out to the country’s young people
SOS Children’s Villages in Algeria
Following a massive earthquake in October 1980, SOS Children’s Villages took the decision to become active in Algeria. In 1981 we began working in the centre of Algiers, the country’s capital.
An SOS Emergency Relief Programme had to be started in May 2003 after a massive earthquake shook the country’s northern coast. Thousands of homes were destroyed due to the disaster. SOS Children’s Villages provided food items, hygiene products, sleeping bags, clothes and other items needed by the victims of the quake.
In 2005, an SOS Family Strengthening Programme was started, enabling children who are at risk of losing the care of their family to grow up in a loving family environment. At present, the organisation is supporting Algerian young people and children in Algiers by providing day care and medical assistance. Children whose families can no longer take care of them can be looked after by an SOS mother in one of the SOS families.