Children's Statistics


Donate to SOS Nepal
SOS Children's Villages Ethiopia
Worldwide, SOS Children’s Villages operates over 500 Villages in 133 countries where we raise over 80,000 children. Through our many education, family strengthening, medical, and community outreach programs, SOS impacts the lives of over 1 million people every year.

  • It is estimated that 153 million children worldwide, ranging from infants to teenagers, have lost one or both parents (UNICEF).
  • HIV/AIDS has orphaned 17.9 million children, most of them in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia (UNICEF).
  • Over 7 million children are in institutional care worldwide (Save).
  • One in five children living in developing countries is severely underweight (World Bank, UN).
  • Over 1 billion children suffer from at least one form of severe deprivation of basic needs such as water, food, and sanitation (SOS).
  • 19,000 children under the age of five died every day in 2011 (UNICEF).
  • 22 million children are refugees or internally displaced, forced to flee their homes due to violence or natural disaster (UNHCR).
  • Over 1 billion children live in countries affected by armed conflict (UNICEF).
  • 67 million children of primary school age do not go to school (UNESCO).
  • Children suffer from domestic violence everywhere. On every continent, households report domestic violence against children at rates ranging from 20 to 60% (UN DESA; UNICEF).


  • SOS Children's Villages
    In Sub-Saharan Africa 1 out of 9 children dies before the age of five (UNICEF).
  • Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest risk of first-day-death for infants, and is the region showing the least progress towards ending infant mortality (UNICEF).
  • Malaria is a leading killer of children under five in Africa, leading to over 600,000 deaths in 2010 (UNICEF).
  • In Egypt, 9 out of 10 children at our SOS Villages were born out of wedlock and abandoned (SOS).
  • In Zimbabwe, 66% of children in SOS Families have lost both parents (SOS).
  • The highest youth unemployment rates are in the Middle East and Africa, where one in four young people cannot find work (ILO).


  • Asia is home to the larged number of orphaned children in the world; 60 million, at last count (UNICEF).
  • 30 million children in East Asia suffer from at least one severe deprivation (UNICEF).
  • In the Russian Federation alone, 140,000 children with disabilities live in institutional care (UNICEF).
  • Under-five deaths are increasingly concentrated in Southern Asia – India and China are two of the countries with the highest rates of early childhood mortality (UNICEF).
  • Almost 30% of neonatal deaths occur in India (UNICEF).


SOS Children's Villages
Latin America:
  • 7.5 million girls are married before age 18 in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNICEF).
  • There are 10.2 million orphaned children in Latin America, 5% of all children in the region (UNICEF).
  • Women and children are especially vulnerable in Latin America; underage minors represent 50% of people living in extreme poverty (World Bank).


  • There are over 120,000 orphans in America, while another 400,000 children live without permanent families (HHS; AFCARS).
  • It is common for children in foster care to age out, leaving them with little financial or emotional support. 27,000 children age out of the system every year (AFCARS).
  • Almost 25% of youth aging out did not have a high school diploma or GED (University of Chicago).

SOS children never age out of our program. We believe that post-high school support is critical to a young adult's long-term success.  SOS cares for 240 children at 3 Children's Villages in the United States; at these homes, they have the opportunity to grow up with their siblings in a loving, family-based environment where they are welcome for life.