About Us

We build loving families for orphaned, abandoned and other vulnerable children.

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Every child in the world deserves a stable family, a secure home, quality medical care, and an education.

We impact the lives of vulnerable children and families across 134 countries and territories through our family support and care programs, medical centers, schools, emergency relief efforts and 570 SOS Villages.

Founded in 1949, we are the largest nongovernmental organization dedicated to the care of orphaned and abandoned children.

What Makes Us Unique?

We provide a mom and a family for life.

We believe that every child deserves a loving home. We strengthen families at risk of falling apart with the support they need to grow stronger and stay together. When children cannot stay with their family or have no family, we give them a safe home, together with their siblings, where they can grow up in one of our SOS families. Each home is headed by a trained caregiver, an SOS Mother, who raises each child with the individual care and attention they need.

We have actual villages.

We have over 570 SOS Villages around the world. These villages are complete with homes and community centers and either onsite or access to medical facilities, school and playgrounds for our children to grow up in a safe and supportive community.

We provide long term care for our children.

We support our children until they are ready to support themselves. We offer our children the skills and education they need to become fully independent adults. And although they grow up and become self-sufficient, they will always have their SOS family.

Each child receives individualized care.

We focus on what each individual child needs. Because each child grows up in a family environment, we get to know each child as an individual, and we work with them to create a personalized plan for their development.

Millions of childen are in crisis

They are unable to reach their potential because they lack a stable, loving home and family.

THE PROBLEM IN NUMBERS
570million
children are living in extreme poverty
230million
children living in areas affected by armed conflict
151million
children have lost one or both parents
124million
children and youth don't go to school

We provide the care vulnerable children need to reach their potential.

Through our family support and care programs, medical centers, schools and emergency relief efforts, we impact the lives of millions of children and families.

SOS WORLDWIDE IMPACT IN NUMBERS
Family
553,600
children and families made stable and strongRead more
Globe
943,700
medical and nutrition services performedRead more
Book
242,000
children educated and trained in job skillsRead more
Medical Kit
726,500
emergency response services providedRead more

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Over the last six decades, we have received a multitude of international awards and honors including:

Nobel Prize Nominee
2011

Nobel Prize Nominee

Consistently nominated for our work supporting orphaned and abandoned children.

Save the World Award
2009

Save the World Award

Nobel Prize Nominee

Mother Teresa Gold Medal
2008

Mother Teresa Gold Medal

For outstanding contributions to society.

Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Prize
2002

The Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize

For helping to alleviate human suffering.

Partners
Aljazeera
Associated Press
CNN
The Guardian
Huffington Post
NBC
Today
USA today
Johnson & Johnson
HSBC
Marriott
Western Union
Hasbro
Paypal
Staples
Midas Exchange
Louboutin
DHL
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