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SOS Children’s Villages in South Africa commemorates International Care Day

According to a study by a multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Cape Town (Accelerating Achievement for Africa’s Adolescent Hub), South Africa has recorded one of the highest numbers in the world for primary caregiver deaths.

Furthermore, the latest data modelling from UNICEF has revealed that Covid-19 associated deaths have left nearly 150 000 children as orphans. That number rises to 207 400 when including children who have lost their primary or secondary caregiver, such as a grandparent. Many of these children will end up in residential care.

SOS Children’s Villages says that “every child should belong to a family and grow up with love, respect and security”.

The organisation adds that in a world filled with poverty, violence and injustice, the greatest victims are often children. Care Day offers an opportunity to advocate for children and young people with care experience, translating into dialogues and actions to build a better world for children.

The organisation says that the objective is to improve the situation of children, striving towards a world where:

  • children and young people overcome adversities
  • they are proud of themselves and their achievements, and
  • they look forward to a future of opportunity, equality and equity.

“Care Day is an opportunity to unite in recognising the rights and resilience of care experienced children and young people. As stakeholders, we need to work together to create a better care experience for all children,” concludes Lebo Phaweni, head of communications at SOS Children’s Villages in South Africa.

For more information visit You can also follow SOS Children’s Villages in South Africa on Facebook or on Twitter.

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