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When vast oil reserves were found off Equatorial Guinea’s coast, the country soon became one of the world's fastest growing economies.

 

However, the newly generated wealth has not reached the lives of most citizens. Children and young people in Equatorial Guinea are affected by a desolate education system, poor health services and high levels of HIV/AIDS.

 

At present there is one SOS Children’s Village in Equatorial Guinea, two SOS Youth Facilities, one SOS Kindergarten, two SOS Hermann Gmeiner Schools, one SOS Medical Centre and one SOS Social Centre. Equatorial Guinea became independent in 1968 after nearly 200 years of Spanish rule.

 

SOS Children's Villages started its activities in Equatorial Guinea in the early 1990s. Since 2004, the organisation has also been running an SOS Family Strengthening Programme, aiming to support children and young people who are at risk of losing the care of their family and enable them to grow up within a loving family environment. When children can no longer stay with their families, they are cared for by SOS mothers.

(You will receive a Canadian charitable tax receipt)

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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
Area
28051 km2
Capital City
Malabo
Climate
Tropical
Ethnicities
Fang, Bubi , Mdowe
Population
757.01 mil
Religions
Nominally Christian and predominantly Roman Catholic

How Your Child Sponsorship Helps

Sponsor a Child in Equatorial Guinea

 

SOS relies on the kindness and generosity of Canadians to be able to provide a home for the most vulnerable children of Equatorial Guinea.

 

By becoming a child sponsor you are making a commitment to helping an individual child in need. Your gift will help provide a child with food, clothing, education and a loving SOS mother.

 

Your donation will help change an orphaned or abandoned child's life.

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Our Number

Equatorial Guinea
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
56
CHILD MALNUTRITION RATE
CHILD MALNUTRITION RATE
35%
CHILD MARRIAGE
CHILD MARRIAGE
29.50%
INFANT MORTALITY
INFANT MORTALITY
95.8 per 1,000
ORPHANED
ORPHANED
46,000
AVERAGE YEARLY INCOME
AVERAGE YEARLY INCOME
$14,320
Canada
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
82
CHILD MALNUTRITION RATE
CHILD MALNUTRITION RATE
#N/A
CHILD MARRIAGE
CHILD MARRIAGE
#N/A
INFANT MORTALITY
INFANT MORTALITY
5.2 per 1,000
ORPHANED
ORPHANED
45,000
AVERAGE YEARLY INCOME
AVERAGE YEARLY INCOME
$52,200

Our Impact

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The SOS Children's Village in Equat. Guinea provides loving homes to orphaned and abandoned children
1 VILLAGES 79 Orphaned and Abandoned Children
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The SOS Youth Facilities in Equat. Guinea provides youth with a loving environment where they learn to transition into independent living and to expand their education
1 YOUTH FACILITIES 59 Youths in our Care
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The SOS Kindergarten in Equat. Guinea are a fundamental building block for the early development needs including, intellectual and social skills for children.
1 KINDERGARTENS 206 Kindergarten students
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SOS Social Centres in Equat. Guinea 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 277 Beneficiaries
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SOS Medical Centres in Equat. Guinea provide quality health care to the children in our care, our staff, our staffís family as well as people in the surrounding community.
1 MEDICAL CENTRES 10670 Patients

Our Impact

SOS Village Icon
VILLAGES
The SOS Children's Village in Equat. Guinea provides loving homes to orphaned and abandoned children
1
VILLAGES
79
Orphaned and Abandoned Children
SOS Youth Care Program Icon
YOUTH FACILITIES
The SOS Youth Facilities in Equat. Guinea provides youth with a loving environment where they learn to transition into independent living and to expand their education
1
YOUTH FACILITIES
59
Youths in our Care
SOS Early Childhood Education Kindergarten Icon
KINDERGARTENS
The SOS Kindergarten in Equat. Guinea are a fundamental building block for the early development needs including, intellectual and social skills for children.
1
KINDERGARTENS
206
Kindergarten students
SOS Social Centre Icon
SOCIAL CENTRES
SOS Social Centres in Equat. Guinea 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
277
Beneficiaries
Medical Centre
MEDICAL CENTRES
SOS Medical Centres in Equat. Guinea provide quality health care to the children in our care, our staff, our staffís family as well as people in the surrounding community.
1
MEDICAL CENTRES
10670
Patients
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Situation of Children in Equatorial Guinea

 

The capital, Malabo, consists of slums and run-down colonial buildings. With a total population of less than 700,000, it is one of the smallest nations in Africa. It is also the only African country where Spanish is the official language. Although nominally a constitutional democracy, nearly all international observers agree that numerous elections since the 1990s have been rigged and there is little effective opposition within the country.

 

Equatorial Guinea is often cited as the textbook case for the "resource curse": in the 1990s, the economy experienced a structural shift when large oil reserves were discovered. By 2004, Equatorial Guinea was the third-largest producer of crude oil in Sub-Saharan Africa. Oil revenues went up from only seven per cent of the GDP in 1992 to 83 per cent by 2000. The country's GDP nearly doubled between 1997 and 2000 alone.

 

The last decade has seen periods of economic growth and stagnation. However, in 2011 the situation improved, in part because the country was preparing to co-host the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012. Little of the wealth that is generated through oil actually reaches the population and the vast majority of Equatorial Guineans live in poverty.

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Access to health and education has deteriorated as the economy has boomed. As a result, the country ranks near the very bottom of the United Nations Human Development Index. Thousands do not have access to running water and the water that many consume is unsafe and may cause diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases like cholera.

 

Many western nation have been heavily criticised by human rights groups for doing business with the country's autocratic regime. According to United Nations reports, d oppositional groups frequently face oppression or torture, although the president has rejected such claims. Nevertheless, it is thought that roughly one third of Equatorial Guineans has left the country and is now living in exile.

 

In this tiny country, 20,000 people are HIV-positive. Thousands of lives are also threatened due to urban myths and a lack of information on the virus. From 2003 until 2010, the number of HIV-positive people has roughly doubled.

 

The public health system is underdeveloped and chronically underfinanced. According to the United Nations, the number of doctors per 100,000 citizens amounts to only 25. More than 150 Cuban physicians work here, representing roughly 70 per cent of all doctors in the country. Life expectancy at birth remains very low at 51 years. An estimated 45,000 children in Equatorial Guinea grow up without their parents. 4,100 of them have lost either one or both their parents to AIDS.

 

As a result, a growing number of Equatorial Guinean children end up leading households, particularly orphans and children in rural areas of the country. Assuming so much responsibility at such an early age also means that many of these children never get to experience true childhood.

 

Although the country's labour code prohibits child labour, many of the existing laws and regulations are not enforced. Thus, thousands of children engage in bonded or forced labour activities. In urban areas, young children can often be seen begging or selling merchandise in the streets. Girls are frequently forced into commercial sex work.

 

Many families cannot afford sending their children to school because of financial constraints, depriving them of a basic education. However, without education it is hard to break away from the vicious circle of poverty that affects so many families in Equatorial Guinea.

 

Around two out of ten children die from diarrhoea, cholera or other waterborne diseases as only half the country's population has access to safe drinking water. Nearly half of all children suffer from stunting. In a country where Malaria is endemic, only 50 per cent of all under-fives with a Malaria infection receive anti-malarial drugs. Although child mortality rates have slightly improved since the 1990s, the country's under-five mortality rate remains alarmingly high at 148 per 1,000 live births, one of the highest figures in the world.

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