Interactive Map – Click on each Village to learn more! This year marks a special occasion for SOS India - our 50th Anniversary. Since our first village opened 50 years ago we have helped thousands of children and families all over India. Today, throughout India there are 41 SOS Children’s Villages in India with corresponding SOS Youth Facilities, SOS Kindergartens, 16 SOS Hermann Gmeiner Schools, 34 SOS Social Centers, 9 SOS Vocational Training Centers, 2 Medical Centers and a Nursing School. ABOUT INDIA: Over 1.2 billion people live in the Republic of India, making it the second largest population in world. About 40% of the population is children under the age of 18. In recent decades India has emerged as an increasingly important economic power. India has significantly increased its GDP, doubled its hourly wage, and increased the number of people who live above the nationally defined poverty line. However even with the continued economic growth, one in four people still live in poverty, literacy rates remain low, especially in females, and lack of adequate health care results in high infant, child and maternal mortality rates. Two million children continue to die each year from preventable diseases. Around half of those deaths are due to malnutrition, which is more common in India than Sub-Saharan Africa. What SOS India is doing to help: SOS Villages – SOS currently has 41 Villages throughout India with over 5000 children living in our villages. SOS children have the benefit of a stable, loving family environment that includes the necessities of life such as clothing, meals, medical care and a high-quality education. Children remain in their SOS home within an SOS Village until they are prepared to create lives for themselves as independent adults. Education – SOS India has built various educational facilities to cater to the needs of all the children living in our villages. There are currently 6,600 children attending SOS schools throughout India. The schools are not only open to children under the care of SOS Children’s Villages, but also to other local children who are in need of a healthy school environment. In addition to the traditional primary and secondary schools, SOS India has also built two specialty schools, the SOS J N Kaul Institute which caters to the needs of qualified teachers, and the SOS Nursing School which provides valuable nursing courses to women who have grown up in the SOS Children’s Villages. Family Strengthening - SOS India recognizes one of the best ways to prevent child abandonment is to help at risk families by empowering the parents to create a better, self-sufficient future for themselves and their children. The aim of the program is to provide support for disadvantaged families faced with adverse external circumstances such as poverty, disease, violence, natural disasters and armed conflict. Our Family Strengthening Program is currently serving over 20,000 children and families in 31 locations throughout India.