SOS Children’s Villages is a global charity which provides orphans and vulnerable children with a stable and positive family life. The charity protects and improves the lives of children in 125 countries, working with communities to keep fragmenting families together, and where this is not possible, building new families for children at risk. Working together with local people and organisations, SOS Children’s Villages identifies needs and provides practical and emotional tools for parents and guardians to prevent family breakdown and child abandonment. With a focus on long-term sustainability, the charity empowers caregivers to reach their potential, move towards financial independence and break the cycle of poverty.
When children lose their families and have nothing and no one, the charity ensures that they can grow up in a safe environment by creating new families. Headed by SOS mothers, families live together in unique SOS Children’s Villages, which are located in the heart of communities. Children are able to enjoy their childhood and learn skills so that they can develop into active, responsible adults. The charity establishes schools and medical centres to ensure that more children have the opportunity of an education and access to quality medical care. Every year, SOS Children’s Villages’ programmes reach over two million people.
As a global authority on alternative care, SOS Children’s Village works in partnership with the United Nations, advocating for the rights of all children and contributing towards the development of key child protection policies.