SOS Children’s Villages supports individual children, young people and families so that they can thrive (photo: SOS children’s Villages Kosovo).

Pristina is the capital and the economic, financial, political and trade centre of Kosovo. Being the largest city by area and population in the country, Pristina is home to around 210,000 people. While in some ways, life has improved for many children in Kosovo, there are still many challenges. The area is reported to have one of the most dangerous pollution levels in Europe, which is thought to have contributed to thousands of premature deaths.

Since 2004, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Pristina.

1 in 10
Children are working

Children working

With around 20% of the population of Kosovo facing poverty, and 5% extreme poverty, even in urban areas, children often have to contribute to family income. At least 11% of children are involved in work, including 7% in hazardous environments. Child labour robs children of their childhood. Balancing work and school has a negative impact on educational attainment, either resulting in under performance or dropping out early, which has long-term negative effects on their future opportunities.

2 in 3
Children suffer violence

Children exposed to violence

Lack of safety at home and school: Over 60% of children aged 1-14 are reported to have suffered from psychological and physical violence. However, cases of violence against children often go unreported. In addition, children also consider peer violence and bullying a normal part of their life at school. The impacts of violence on children can be profound, leaving them with a range of both physical and emotional harm. This has significant consequences on their academic achievement, health, and well-being.

Your support makes a difference for children in Pristina

SOS Children’s Villages works with local partners and communities to offer a wide range of support that is adapted to the local context. We always work in the best interest of the children, young people and families.
Adults and children
Are supported in the community
Young people and adult
Attend our trainings
Grow up in our care
Young people
Are supported on their way to independence
Getting ready to play. Children often take part of creative activities after school (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Kosovo).

How your support helps in Pristina

Strengthening families and communities
When parents face hardships, they can sometimes struggle to give children the care they need. SOS Children’s Villages works with local partners and communities. Each family needs different support so that they can stay together. This support can include workshops on parenting and children’s rights. We also run trainings so that parents can get the skills they need to get a job or start businesses. Likewise, we ensure that children can get medical help and go to school.
Providing quality education
SOS Children’s Villages ensures that children and young people have access to high-quality education. We help them learn and develop in a safe and supportive environment. We train teachers on children’s rights and child-centered learning, so that each child can get the most out of their education. Young children spend time playing and learning at kindergarten. This prepares them for primary school.
Caring for children who cannot live with their families
Some children cannot stay with their families, even with additional support. When this happens, they can find a new home in SOS Children’s Villages. All the children in our care have access to education and healthcare. Wherever possible, we work closely with the children’s family of origin. If children can return to live with their families, we help them adapt to this change.
Supporting young people to become independent
To help young people become confident and independent, our local team works closely with each young person to develop a plan for their future. We support young people and also help them prepare for the labour market and increase their employment prospects. For example, young people can attend workshops and trainings run by SOS Children’s Villages. They also improve their skills through taking part in different projects with local mentors and businesses.