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 largest 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).
- 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; under age 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.