The Problems Facing World Cup Host Country Brazil and How SOS Children’s Villages is Helping


A child from the SOS Kindergarten in Poá, Brazil. (Photos: Danielle Pereira)

As the world turns its attention to Brazil, the host country of the 2014 FIFA World CupTM, we take a moment to look at the progress the country has made in caring for its most vulnerable citizens.

Over the past years, Brazil has become one of the world's major democracies and a leading emerging economy. Brazilians have seen great progress as the country succeeds to provide bold changes in the lives of their people, especially to lower income citizens.

In recent years, a brand new middle class has emerged due to income distribution programs, and it has been given access to goods and services that previously were solely a luxury of the privileged parts of society.
 
But there is still work to be done.
 
Currently 6.5 million Brazilians of all ages suffer serious deprivation and 15 million people are considered poor. Other statistics that show the great need the country still faces include:
 
In 2010:
- Nearly 1 million children between the ages of 6 and 14 were out of school

In 2011:
 - 3.7 million children and adolescents in child labor

In 2012:
- 80% of children under 3 were not attending daycare or kindergarten
- Nearly 2 million adolescents not registered in high school
- 23 million children under the age of 14 lacked access to basic sanitation

Sources: UNICEF and IBGE

How is SOS Children's Villages Helping?

Since 1968, SOS Children's Villages has worked in Brazil to minimize the effects of these realities in the lives of children.
 
- SOS is based in 18 Brazilian cities
- SOS Family Strengthening Programs care for more than 10,000 children and young people
- 16 SOS Villages in the country provide homes for 704 children and adolescents

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