Because of our presence in over 133 countries, SOS Children’s Villages is uniquely poised to respond to emergency situations. In cases of war, famine, or natural disaster, SOS is often a first responder to those affected by emergency situations. While the primary focus of SOS is not emergency relief, the permanent infrastructure of SOS Villages, Social and Medical Centers allows for rapid intervention in times of crisis. In traumatic situations, such as emergencies, children are left more vulnerable than most. Left untreated, mental and physical trauma can leave permanent damage on children. Additionally, during times of crisis children are often orphaned, abandoned, or separated from their parents, and SOS works hard to either reunite children with their families or take in those orphaned by disaster. Click through the slideshow below to see SOS emergency relief programs in action.