SOS Children's Village São Domingos is located on the Cape Verdean island of São Tiago, just outside the country's capital, Praia. Cape Verde, a former Portuguese colony, comprises ten islands and five islets. The government of Cape Verde has made efforts to fight child poverty and a lack of education by supporting radio and television programmes that aim to reach children of primary-school age with alternative educational opportunities. In Praia and Mindelo, the two major urban centres in Cape Verde, many orphaned and abandoned children face a life in the streets where they eke out a living by washing cars, hauling cargo or engaging in petty theft.
Children from the SOS Children's Village (photo: C. Ladavicius).