Strengthening families and communities.

We Provide Stability

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.

Families across the world are more vulnerable today than ever before. Adverse circumstances like poverty, armed conflict and disease present overwhelming challenges for parents and threaten family stability.

When families are at risk of falling apart, children are at a much greater risk of being abused, abandoned or exploited.

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The Problem in Numbers


cause of child abandonment is poverty

1 in 10

children worldwide are at risk of growing up alone


children suffer from acute malnutrition

Working Together to Extend Our Reach

We work with governments, communities and other stakeholders to build effective support systems for struggling families. These efforts enable access to education, healthcare services and employment opportunities that are essential to maintaining safe environments for children.

Your Support in Action 

Power of Education

Maria Luisa, age 42, has participated in our family strengthening programs in Santa Cruz del Quiche, Guatemala, for two years. Through these workshops, Maria Luisa has grown to understand the importance of education, both for herself and for her children ...

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Keeping a Family Together

Nyalela, a 64-year-old woman in Cape Town, South Africa, was raising three grandchildren on a small pension. It was in 2011 that her daughter died from meningitis, leaving the three boys in Nyalela’s care. To make life easier, Nyalela joined the family strengthening program in 2012 ... 

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You can prevent child abandonment by strengthening families. Donate today to give children a strong start to life.

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Family Strengthening Programs

Our family strengthening programs empower families to overcome hardships. We strengthen families at risk of falling apart, giving them the support they need to grow stronger, stay together and keep their children safe. This comprehensive approach builds resilient families that go on to better their own lives and strengthen their communities.

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