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A loving home for every child

SOS Children's Villages worldwide

by Norbert Robers

Children all over the world need help. Poverty, war, violence and abuse hit children hardest. The SOS Children's Villages help by giving abandoned children a home again and also by strengthening poor families to prevent them from falling apart.

The first SOS Children's Village was founded in 1949 by Hermann Gmeiner in Imst, Austria for children who had lost their parents in the war. At a time when abandoned children grew up mainly in homes, the children's village was a new model that placed humanity and individual, sheltered upbringing in the foreground. Today around 81,500 children and young people live in 572 SOS Children's Villages in 135 countries around the world.

© SOS Children's Villages worldwide / Claire Ladavicius

Children in need get an SOS mother, siblings and a safe home in the SOS Children's Villages. In the protective framework of the village community, the boys and girls manage to regain courage and face the future with confidence. There are also 237 SOS kindergartens, 185 Hermann Gmeiner schools and 104 SOS vocational training centers.

© SOS Children's Villages worldwide / Claire Ladavicius

In 786 social centers and family aid programs, SOS Children's Villages support families in risk situations from the communities in the area. The main aim is to protect children and empower families in need to cope with their lives independently. Programs run around the world to strengthen families, for example with microcredits, adult education and childcare.

After all, there are 70 SOS medical centers that offer basic care, education, prophylaxis and vaccination campaigns. In crisis situations such as civil wars, famine or natural disasters, SOS also provides emergency aid, currently in 38 regions worldwide.

In total, the SOS Children's Villages currently support more than 1.5 million children and their relatives. Help us - the children thank you!