Sponsor a Child in Croatia

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For just $36/month you can sponsor a child and help provide an orphaned or abandoned child with:

  • A safe and nurturing home
     
  • A loving SOS mother
     
  • Quality education
     
  • Healthcare
     
  • Nutritious food
     
  • Clothing and toys
     
  • All the things necessary for a bright future

(You will receive a Canadian charitable tax receipt)

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SOS Children's Villages has been present in Croatia since 1992. Currently SOS Children's Villages is supporting local children, young people and families in two locations in Croatia. At present there are two SOS Children's Villages in Croatia and four SOS Youth Facilities.

Area
56,594 km2
Capital City
Zagreb
Climate
Mediterranean to Continental
Ethnicities
Croat, Serb
Population
4.29 mil
Religions
Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Muslim

The effects of the war in the 1990s are still felt today

 

Croatia is located on the north-eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, bordered by Slovenia and Hungary to the north, Serbia to the east and Bosnia-Herzegovina to the south and east. The population is 4.5 million. Croatia's capital city, Zagreb, has approximately 700,000 inhabitants. The number of children under the age of 18 is estimated to be 999,000. 

 

Most of the population is Croat, Serbians account for the second largest group (12 per cent) and Bosniaks, Hungarians and Slovenes are also present. The major religions are Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and minorities professing the Muslim faith. 

 

Croatia declared independence from the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1991. The war between 1991 and 1995 caused immeasurable damage to the economic infrastructure and displaced a large proportion of the population. Much of this population remains unable to return to its place of origin.

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Slow economic recovery

 

Since the end of the war, the Croatian economy has been making a slow recovery. Tourism, accounting for nearly a fifth of the gross domestic product, is the main source of employment and income. Over two thirds of the population works in the service industry, a third in industries such as steel, cement, chemicals, fertilizers, and textiles, and around seven per cent in agriculture. Unfortunately, corruption, cronyism and an inefficient public administration are affecting the rate of development. 

 

Unemployment rates remain high at around 16 per cent. Around 18 per cent of the population lives under the nationally established poverty line. Both of these factors affect families with children and an increasing number of children are being placed in institutions due to poverty. Local experts believe this number could be reduced if families were given adequate support within the community.

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Children are in need of specialised support

 

There are two separate ministries responsible for protecting children. On occasion, children from vulnerable backgrounds do not receive the assistance they require because of the poor co-ordination between ministries and the lack of funding for social services.

 

Despite efforts to deinstitutionalise childcare, two thirds of all children in care live in Croatia’s institutional homes. Children in these facilities grow up without the love and support which a family could provide. 

 

The situation for children with mental and physical disabilities, behavioural difficulties or psychological problems is particularly harrowing. The families are offered little support, the children are quickly removed from the family and placed in institutions. There are, however, no specialised centres with adequate accommodation and support for these children. In this light, their basic human rights are severely infringed. 

 

Children from the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities face discrimination in Croatia. Not only do these children have the highest school drop-out rate in the country but their families suffer the highest rates of mortality and unemployment.

Our Impact

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The SOS Children's Village in Croatia provides loving homes to orphaned and abandoned children
2 VILLAGES 152 Orphaned and Abandoned Children
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The SOS Youth Facilities in Croatia provides youth with a loving environment where they learn to transition into independent living and to expand their education
2 YOUTH FACILITIES 78 Youths in our Care
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SOS Social Centres in Croatia aim is to help families, in particular women and children, living in communities neighbouring the SOS Children's Villages to gradually escape from poverty, and to help young people become self-reliant.
1 SOCIAL CENTRES 7 Beneficiaries

Our Impact

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VILLAGES
The SOS Children's Village in Croatia provides loving homes to orphaned and abandoned children
2
VILLAGES
152
Orphaned and Abandoned Children
SOS Youth Care Program Icon
YOUTH FACILITIES
The SOS Youth Facilities in Croatia provides youth with a loving environment where they learn to transition into independent living and to expand their education
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YOUTH FACILITIES
78
Youths in our Care
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SOCIAL CENTRES
SOS Social Centres in Croatia aim is to help families, in particular women and children, living in communities neighbouring the SOS Children's Villages to gradually escape from poverty, and to help young people become self-reliant.
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SOCIAL CENTRES
7
Beneficiaries