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 Kyrgyzstan).

The Kyrgyz Republic, a landlocked country in Central Asia, and home to 6.5 million inhabitants, including an estimated 300,000 internally displaced people and 90,000 refugees. Most of the population lives in rural areas to the north and west of the country, with just over a third living within urban environments. Kyrgyzstan is in one of the poorest countries in the region, where around a quarter of the population is living under the poverty line with around 1% living in extreme poverty. Agriculture plays an important role in the Kyrgyz Republic, employing nearly half the population.

SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children and young people without parental care, or at risk of losing it, in Kyrgyzstan since 1999.

Children are at risk

There are around 2.5 million children under the age of 18 years old in Kyrgyzstan, making up 38% of the population. Children are disproportionately affected by poverty in Kyrgyzstan, with every third child in living in monetary poverty, exceeding 2 in 5 for children under 6 years old. Children are taken into care for several reasons including extreme poverty of the families of origin, unemployment, and migration of parents in search of work.
1 in 3
Children live in poverty

Child poverty

Around 32% of children live in monetary poverty in Kyrgyzstan, exceeding 43% in children under 6 years old. When other forms of deprivation are included such as education, housing and health, more than 50% of children are deprived, exceeding 85% in children under 2 years old. Not only are children disproportionately affected by poverty, but they are more vulnerable to its effects. Children who live in poverty face long-term consequences on their life.

2 in 5
Children lack appropriate education

Lack of education

Almost 40% of children do not have access to education appropriate for their age specific. As a result, as many do not attend pre-school and school. In addition, children from low income families are less likely to attend school. Almost 40% of school-age children contribute to family income through child labour. Missed education and child labour rob children of their childhoods, and deprive them of their rights.

1 in 3
Children are deprived of drinking water

Poor living conditions

Children in low-income families live precariously on the margins of society, in, or at risk of, falling into poverty where their basic needs can no longer be met. In Kyrgyzstan, almost 85% of children live in overcrowded housing and/or do not have access to a hot water supply. In addition, 34% do not have access to a supply of drinking water. Children born into poverty are more likely to experience a wide range of health problems, including poor nutrition, chronic disease, and mental health problems.

Together we can make a difference for children in Kyrgyzstan

Adults and children
Are supported in the community
Children and young people
Attend our kindergartens and schools
Children and young people
Grow up in our care
Young people
Are supported on their way to independence
Doing some drawing with friends. SOS Children's Villages supports families in creating an enabling environment where their children can develop and flourish. If children cannot stay with their families, they can find the security and care they need in our care (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Kyrgyzstan).

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 train 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