Building loving, stable families for vulnerable children.
A stable, nurturing environment lays the foundation for a child’s healthy development. SOS Children’s Villages builds families for orphaned, abandoned and other vulnerable children who have lost their families. 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.
Unfortunately, not every child has this advantage. 140 million children have lost one or both parents. Without the stability of a family, a child faces an increased risk of malnutrition, violence, exploitation and other life-threatening circumstances.
children live in extreme poverty, defined as less than 1.90 USD per day
children are displaced from their homes
children worldwide are at risk of growing up alone
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A trained caregiver who builds a nurturing relationship with each individual child in her care.
Both biological siblings and SOS siblings develop natural family bonds with one another.
Each SOS family creates a loving environment marked by safety, a sense of belonging and shared responsibilities.
A safe, supportive community of neighbors, with access to psychosocial support, medical centers, schools and recreational facilities.
Nine-year-old Suleyman was left homeless and alone when he was five. After more than a year on the streets he was found by staff from an SOS village in Khartoum, Sudan, and welcomed into an SOS family...
Adil and his two brothers were orphaned in 2011 when a rocket fell on their house in Damascus. They eventually ended up at a shelter for unaccompanied children and youth. In March 2013, they were moved to an SOS village ...
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Actively advocating for children’s rights, and teaching children and youth to become their own advocates so that the voice of future generations is loud and clear.
Combining short-term aid and long-term guidance to strengthen families and to protect vulnerable children from trafficking, labor and other threats to their safety.
Empowering the next generation, and providing them with the education, tools, encouragement and support to build their own futures.
June 19 2017
Unaccompanied child refugees find a safe, loving home at an SOS youth home in Finland.
April 6 2017
New report exposes prevalence of violence against children and describes effective projects around world to reduce and prevent it.
January 1 2017
News stories from places in Africa where SOS Children's Villages is working to help children and families in need.
A Home for a Vulnerable Child in Sudan
Suleyman’s transition from street life to a stable family life wasn’t easy. Lacking many basic skills, he was frustrated and angry and often communicated through violence.
Suleyman’s SOS mother played a major role in helping him adapt and integrate with his siblings. She encouraged Suleyman and her other SOS children to share meals, to play games as a group, and to take responsibility for looking after one another.
With support from his SOS mother, Suleyman was able to overcome his past trauma. He learned to trust his new family and began to love his SOS brothers and sisters. These days, Suleyman takes the lead in welcoming new children to the SOS village in Khartoum.
Nearly half the population of Sudan is under the age of 14. In a country struggling with armed conflict and poverty, children are among the most deeply affected, and an estimated 3.5 million are without parental care.
Surviving Trauma in Damascus
Adil and his two brothers were orphaned in 2011 when a rocket fell on their house in Damascus. They eventually ended up at a shelter for unaccompanied children and youth. In March 2013, they were moved to an SOS village where they were given an SOS mother to look after them and were reenrolled in school.
Adil was only five years old when he arrived at the SOS village, and he had suffered a lot of trauma. At the SOS village, he was able to see a psychological therapist to help him through his issues.
Adil is now seven years old and is doing much better. He is thriving as a second-grade student and loves science. He is still living in the SOS village in Damascus, which is home to about 120 children like Adil who have been orphaned or abandoned.