Voices and Testimonials

Our work, your voices.

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At SOS Children’s Villages, we love hearing about our impact on your life.  

There are no better advocates for the transformative power of our programs than those who are directly affected by them. Whether you grew up in an SOS family, took advantage of SOS’s education and training opportunities or benefited from SOS family strengthening initiatives, we want to hear from you. 

Our impact is not limited to those who directly benefit from the important work we do. All of you feel the impact of SOS in your lives. That’s why you’re here. There’s nothing more powerful than a personal story. Share yours today: info@sos-usa.org

“As a long-time supporter of SOS, I have visited many of these unique villages personally. I can vouch for their commitment and care for the children. I ask you to please learn more about and consider supporting SOS Children’s Villages.” 

– Angelina Jolie 


“We were very impressed with the SOS Children’s Village here in Rome … The team and my family enjoyed learning about the organization and getting to know the children and caregivers. This is the care all children who have been orphaned or abandoned deserve to have.” 

– Jim Harbaugh, University of Michigan Head Coach & Former San Francisco 49ers Head Coach

The SOS Community

 Irene, SOS Pfalz, Germany

“My SOS mother has been, and always will be, one of the most influential driving forces in my life. She let me know that anything is possible, that I was worthy and that I was loved.”   

Irene, SOS Pfalz, Germany

“I was only eight when my three little sisters and I were taken by our state social worker to the Florida SOS Children’s Village ... At SOS, I finally learned what it meant to have a home and a family, to relax without worrying about where my sisters were or if they were being taken good care of. I spent 10 years at SOS and was nurtured, guided, learned to trust again and to believe in myself and be the best I could be. I am a responsible and loving mother today because of the nurturing, care and love I was given at SOS.” 

– Wanda, SOS Florida, United States 


“SOS means home for its young people. It is very important for the development of a child to have parental care to create stability in his life so he can build a better future for himself. SOS Children’s Villages really does what it says it does. Everyone is entitled to a chance, and you help give people like me a chance. Maybe you think your contribution is small, but believe me, for children like me it means a lot! Thank you for everything you do for us, SOS Children’s Villages!” 

– Lucian, SOS Bucharest, Romania  


“I want to make sure that all young people’s voices from all backgrounds are heard, especially those who are forgotten … These include young people without parental care or at risk of losing parents; indigenous youth all over the world; those with mental or physical disabilities; and more close to home for me personally, young people in conflict-affected countries such as Nigeria, Syria and Burundi.” 

– Divine, SOS Burundi  


“My SOS mother has been, and always will be, one of the most influential driving forces in my life. She let me know that anything is possible, that I was worthy and that I was loved.” 

– Irene, SOS Pfalz, Germany  


“Even though I am thousands of miles away from my home in Ethiopia, I am still in regular contact with my SOS mother and with the village. In fact, I sponsor a little girl at the same SOS village where I grew up.” 

– Gebre-Egziabher, SOS Mekelle, Ethiopia, and SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College, Tema, Ghana 


“As a college student, I don’t have a lot of disposable income, but my monthly donation as a child sponsor makes me feel like I am doing something to help the less fortunate, especially in supporting education. I am going to be studying abroad in Mali and look forward to meeting my sponsor child.” 

– Julia Kendall (Claremont, CA) 


“I believe it is my responsibility as a human being to do my part in helping those less fortunate. If every person able did so, there would be much less suffering in this world. I love children and could never stand by and do nothing.”  

– Erin L. McDonald (Savannah, GA) 


“There are no borders when it comes to the welfare and care of a child. It is a global responsibility for adults regardless of race or religion to come to the aid of the innocent and dependent people on this planet.” 

– Mary Keiser (Arlington Heights, IL) 


“I remember being a child, living as a low-income family. We can ask for help, but only a few can hear us and fewer can help us. I feel that my experience and devotion will help others become a strong, secure and confident adult in the world today.”  

– Nadine (Medina, OH)

“The splendid work done by SOS Children’s Villages is charity, where deeds speak louder than words. The revolutionary idea and the general concept for providing orphaned and abandoned children with a new family and a permanent home has had a great influence on child welfare world-wide, and SOS Children’s Villages have become a model on every continent. Above all, SOS Children’s Villages shows that it is possible to create a community of brothers and sisters comprising children of all races, creeds and nationalities. The ties that develop and holds these communities together and form the basis of their upbringing is love.”   

– His Holiness the Dalai Lama 

“SOS Children’s Villages provides the foundation for life to children who need a place to call home.”  

– The late Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa & Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 

“This partnership with SOS Children’s Villages brings our core values full circle and aligns with our Responsible Business commitment to Think People, Think Community and Think Planet … SOS provides to orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children more than just food and shelter; it provides them a chance to have a family and a future. Together with SOS, we will help transform lives through care, hospitality and compassion.” 

– John M. Kidd, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Radisson Hospitality, Inc.  


“What we do in GoTeach and what we do in YouthCan! is not magic. Connect experienced local employees with challenged young people. Create an environment, where they can build a relationship – and it will be of benefit not only to the young people.”  

– Christof Ehrhart, Head of Corporate Communications & Corporate Responsibility and Executive Vice President, Deutsche Post DHL 


“In a country where poverty is prevalent, investment in education is critical to ensuring the most vulnerable communities have a chance for a brighter, more hopeful future … We are honored to partner with SOS Children’s Villages to help launch EduCare, a program that aligns with our mission to improve lives through essential services like education.” 

– Walter Panzirer, Trustee, Helmsley Charitable Trust 


“The children of today are our employees, our customers and our leaders of tomorrow. Without empowering them, we cannot expect a sustainable future.”  

– Katharina Latif, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Allianz SE 


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