Setting young adults up for success

The path to self-suffiency

Education and economic empowerment open the door to self-sufficiency, but an estimated 263 million children worldwide don’t have the opportunity to attend school.

Building resilience, self-confidence and self-worth helps young people develop mechanisms for protection against life’s ups and downs. Education and economic empowerment open the door to self-sufficiency and help young people to become productive, contributing members of their communities.

Harnessing the power of education

It is estimated that 71 million people under the age of 25 are unemployed worldwide. To increase youth employability, SOS provides young people with the training and opportunities most relevant to their local job market.

Children denied an education, miss out on opportunities to escape poverty, a chance at a brighter future and the skills to realize their full potential.

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The problem in numbers


children and youth cannot read, write or do basic math



children worldwide are engaged in child labor



children of primary school age are out of school; 53 percent of them are girls


Your support in action

Love empowers

Magaly arrived at the SOS Children’s Village in Arequipa, Peru when she was five-and-a-half years old. There, she became part of an SOS family that she describes as being “centered on trust, understanding and mutual encouragement.”

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The beginning is important

In 2017, the Gender Gap Index ranked Ethiopia 115 out of 142 in gender disparities. Ethiopian culture tends to promote strict, traditional gender roles: men provide income by doing work outside of the home, while women do household chores and look after children.

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You can empower the next generation by providing them with the education and the toolkit to thrive. Donate to help the children of today and tomorrow. 

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Empowering the future

SOS Children’s Villages works to develop well-rounded and self-sufficient young adults, no matter their starting point in life. SOS’s comprehensive approach is tailored to each individual’s passions and skills – Working to empower each individual to reach their full potential through vocational training.  A study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group shows that investing in the SOS approach for supporting disadvantaged youth provides a return on investment of up to $14 for every $1 invested. 

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