There are around 4.5 million children under the age of 18 in Kazakhstan. The social, economic and political changes have affected their lives in different ways. There has been a rise in the number of children without parental care, partly because of the lack of resources to support vulnerable families who are suffering from alcohol or drug abuse, from illness or from poverty.
An SOS family sits down for an afternoon snack together. Talking around the kitchen table gives everyone the feeling of belonging (photo: M. Mägi).