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

Bangalore is a city located in the Karnataka state, in South India. With around 8 million inhabitants, it is the third largest city in India. The city is known as “the Silicon Valley of India” as it is a global ICT centre. Bangalore is the fastest growing city in India, but despite the city flourishing, inequality is growing between different groups of the population. Many Bangaloreans live below the poverty line, and 20% live in slums on the border of the city. Children are especially vulnerable to these poor living conditions, with many missing out on education. Girls are also at risk of forced marriages.

Since 1990, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Bangalore.

Of girls are married as a child

Children victim of forced marriages

India has highest number of child marriages in the world. This means 27% of women aged 20 to 24 were first married before 18. Child marriage is a violation of the universal declaration of human rights, and the emotional damage a child suffers from a forced union is profound. There is also an increased risk of child pregnancies and domestic violence.In the state of Karnataka specifically, where Bangalore is located, 21% of girls were married as a child. The government must work hard to meet its national target to end child marriage by 2030.

Slums in the city of Bangalore

Children live in poor housing

In Karnataka, a state in South India, 4,5 million people live in slums. Bangalore, located in this state, is the fastest-growing city in India, and the infrastructure has been unable to keep up with this development. There is a lack of affordable housing, adequate sanitation and safe drinking water.Often people who move to Bangalore in search of a better life and job opportunities, end up in one of the approximate 600 slums at the border of the city.Those slums vary in size, with the biggest one, called Pillaganahalli, has over 2,200 households. Children are most vulnerable to the poverty in these slums, lacking access to health and education.

Your support makes a difference for children in Bangalore

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.
Can stay together
Children and young people
Grow up in our care
Young people
Are supported on their way to independence
Children in our care having fun playing a board game. Siblings grow up together, and often form bonds that last a lifetime (photo: SOS Children’s Villages India).

How your support helps in Bangalore

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 to empower parents. 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 training so that parents can get the skills they need to get a job or start their own businesses. Likewise, we ensure that children can get medical help and go to 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. Here the children can build safe and lasting relationships. 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.