Help must be provided quickly, without bureaucracy and in a targeted manner in situations of crisis, war and disaster. In such traumatic situations children in particular need specific protection and intensive care. SOS Children's Villages is not a designated emergency relief organization, but in many countries it is in the position to fall back on an established infrastructure if rapid intervention is required in times of crisis. The target group of our emergency relief measures, which often turn into long-term projects, is children and families.
|A group of boys unloading supplies from SOS at Kita, Mali. Photo courtesy of Jens Honore.|
Children in Conflicts
Violence, whatever its form, always has a devastating effects on individual people and society as a whole. Children are subjected to extreme situations, which cause unforeseen mental and physical damage. Wars, armed conflicts, persecution and displacement remain an unacceptable reality for millions of children. Here, you can read accounts, reports, and information on the background of different points of conflict, and how SOS Children's Villages provides support for children and families that have been affected.
Children in Catastrophes
The material, medical and psychosocial care and security of children during or after disasters is the main focus of the emergency relief programs of SOS Children's Villages. When there are floods, earthquakes, fires, cold weather, famine, etc. we need to step in with humanitarian aid in many regions of the world. It is particularly important to SOS Children's Villages that children and their families not only receive care in the short term, but that support is also provided on a long-term basis.