Belonging to a family means growing up feeling safe to be yourself and to dream freely about your future.
SOS Children’s Villages leads the world’s largest family care movement. We build families for orphaned, abandoned and other vulnerable children throughout the world. We work to ensure that all children, together with their siblings, have a loving family and an opportunity to reach their full potential. We nurture that essential feeling of belonging while looking after each child’s needs and aspirations.
It is widely understood that a stable, nurturing environment lays the foundation for a child’s healthy development. Unfortunately, not every child has this advantage. Without the stability of a family, a child faces an increased risk of malnutrition, violence, exploitation and other life-threatening circumstances.
An estimated 220 million children—1 out of every 10 children worldwide—are at risk of growing up alone.
children live in extreme poverty, defined as less than 1.90 USD per day
children are at risk of growing up alone
children have lost one or both parents
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Anisa’s mother died during childbirth, leaving her and her four older siblings in the care of her 76-year-old father. While Anisa’s father was well-meaning, he was not equipped to raise all of his children. Anisa’s family lived in an abandoned government building in Mogadishu ...
By the time Diane was six, her mother and father had both died of malaria. For two miserable years, Diane was forced to labor as a domestic worker, while her younger sister, Gloria, stayed in an orphanage. Their father’s longtime feud with his relatives kept anyone from helping the girls ...
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Our programs are based on an unwavering commitment to quality care for children. SOS Children’s Villages builds loving, stable 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. Learn more about our long-term care programs.
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We work with other development agencies, governments and communities to advance initiatives that help children and families, and to raise awareness about the rights of children and the responsibilities of those around them.
To increase youth employability and unlock young adults' full potential, we provide education, life skills development, vocational and entrepreneurship training, soft skills development, access to internships, mentoring and more.
At SOS, we combine short-term aid and long-term guidance to strengthen families so they are better able to care for their children and to protect them from child labor, child trafficking and other threats to their safety.
Anisa's Chance to Shine
Anisa’s mother died during childbirth, leaving her and her four older siblings in the care of her 76-year-old father. While Anisa’s father was well-meaning, he was not equipped to raise all of his children. Anisa’s family lived in an abandoned government building in Mogadishu, Somalia, along with more than 100 other internally displaced families who had fled from the country’s fighting. Anisa felt threatened and scared when her father left the house to look for work.
By the time SOS Children's Villages Somalia found her in 2016, Anisa was severely ill. She was weak and malnourished, with intestinal parasites and a stomach infection. Not only was she physically ill, but Anisa bore a lot of psychological pain; she was unable to open up about her trauma and thus heal from it.
Two years later, Anisa is a bright grade three student who reads avidly and enjoys spending time with her two best friends. She no longer has to worry about the essentials of life, so she can focus on learning, growing and being happy.
Anisa now dreams of becoming a doctor; in fact, she aims to help people avoid going through what she did as a child. “I want to save mothers and children from bleeding to death, from neglect, malnutrition and other diseases,” Anisa says.
From Domestic Worker to Happy Child
By the time Diane was six, her mother and father had both died of malaria. For two miserable years, Diane was forced to labor as a domestic worker, while her younger sister, Gloria, stayed in an orphanage. Their father’s longtime feud with his relatives kept anyone from helping the girls.
That was until Diane’s stepsister heard of the two girls’ plight and intervened. That year, with their stepsister’s help, Diane and Gloria were placed in an SOS village in Cibitoke, in northwestern Burundi. It took a period of adjustment, but Diane grew to become extraordinarily happy in her new home. “I just like how children are taken care of here in the village; I like how my mother treats me. I have developed a tight bond with her and she always supports me even when I am in a bad mood,” says Diane.
Now 13, Diane is doing well in school. She especially enjoys learning English, which she hopes to use in her future professional endeavors. In her free time, Diane loves listening to traditional Burundi songs and knitting.
In Diane’s words, “My life in SOS Cibitoke is wonderful; I could not ask for more. I am surrounded by people who care about me and I have found my lost dignity… I now know that the power to become what I want to be in life lies within me. If I had not found my way here… I would have ended up hopeless and poor. I would have had no future, but now, I am on the right path.”