Everyday Success Stories

SOS Children’s Villages celebrates the successes of all of our SOS children, Mothers, and alumni! Read their stories below:
  • Meet Abi; An SOS Aunt in Ethiopia

    For 16 years Abebech Kibret served the children and staff of the SOS Village in Addis Ababa as a cook. But she dreamt of doing more for the young people who obviously adored her. Read more...
  • 2014 Hermann Gmeiner Award Nominee: Cirilo Martinez

    When Cirilo Burgos Martinez, 22, of Paraguay, plays a musical instrument or stands in front of an orchestra as conductor, he is not only living his own dream, but helping other young people and children realize their dreams. Read more...
  • 2014 Hermann Gmeiner Award nominee: Maya Dhal

    Growing up in the SOS Village in Bhubaneswar, India, Maya Dhal thrived on the love and support of her SOS family. Her belief that every child should have the same opportunity led her to the slums to teach school dropouts and help them return to the classroom. Read More
  • 2014 Hermann Gmeiner Award Nominee: Tafadzwa Nyamuzihwa

    The loss of his eyesight five years ago made Tafadzwa Nyamuzihwa ‘see’ that people are limited by their attitude and not their disability. He was not going to let that happen to him. In fact, it became his mission to empower the blind in Africa. more...
  • 2014 Hermann Gmeiner Award Nominee: Agnes Tuyishimire

    As a child, Agnes Tuyishimire found a new family in the SOS Village in Kigali after her parents lost their lives in the genocide. All her life, she has worked selflessly for others and has helped many people to overcome the trauma of genocide. Read more
  • 2014 Hermann Gmeiner Award Nominee: Lucia Viviana Maquisaca Mora

    Lucia Viviana Maquisaca Mora had to work as a maid when she was 9. As an adult, she became a victim of domestic violence. Instead of giving up, she founded an association that helps both women and underprivileged children. Read more
  • 2014 Hermann Gmeiner Award Nominee: Seid Nurye

    He has survived famine, drug addiction and life on the streets. Today, Seid Nurye is a successful tailor and business owner and is committed to helping young people by training and employing them. Read more...
  • 2014 Hermann Gmeiner Award Nominee: Asel Rysmendiyeva

    Asel Rysmendiyeva is an accountant by profession, but her volunteer work promoting and protecting the rights of children in alternative care is just as important to her. more...
  • 2014 Hermann Gmeiner Award Nominee: Deepak KC (Christian Deepak)

    Life in an SOS Children’s Village made Deepak KC (Christian Deepak), 39, from Nepal ‘forget’ that he was physically disabled. The love and support he received gave him wings to strive higher and help others along the way. His list of accomplishments in aid of the disabled proves that. Read more...
  • How one orphan went from poverty to the Ivy League

    Gebre was only three months old when he lost both of his parents to famine. Luckily, baby Gebre found a new family with his SOS Mother who raised him with love, respect, security, and community — the intangibles that make up a family. Read Gebre's story...