Frequently Asked Questions About Sponsoring an SOS Village

What are sponsorships?

An SOS Village sponsorship is an earmarked financial contribution made regularly by an individual donor or an organization/company as a means of supporting children on a long-term basis.

More than 500,000 people, mostly children, in 134 countries and territories benefit from SOS Children's Villages and supporting facilities.

Sponsors, through their regular contributions, help ensure the organization's financial stability and the children's well-being, education and integration into their local community. Money is earmarked to support a particular SOS Children's Village and the sponsor is provided updates from the SOS Village.

An SOS Village sponsorship is $25 Canadian per month.

What percent of the donation is used in the SOS Village?

For sponsorships of a village, 80.5% of your dontion is used to help raise the children in the SOS Village.  This is a predetermined percentage that is guaranteed by our Board of Directors.

How long does my sponsorship last?

Your sponsorship lasts as long as you want it to. Although it is our aim to establish a long-term relationship with our sponsors, you are able to cancel for whatever reason whenever you want, without giving notice. You can cancel your sponsorship either by using the contact us link, or by telephone at 1-800-767-5111.

How do I change my personal details?

If you would like to change your contact information or your banking information, please use our update contact information form, or call us at 1-800-767-5111.

What are "supporting facilities"?

The supporting facilities are all the facilities that are based around the SOS Children's Village itself. These can be kindergartens, SOS Hermann Gmeiner Schools, vocational training centres, social centres, medical centres etc. Supporting facilities are available to SOS Children's Village children and youths, but also to the local community.

How can I make occasional extra donations? (Villages gift)

All donations are welcome. You can make a donation, simply click here. Please do let us know if you would like to designate the donation to the SOS Village you sponsor.

What do we do to protect the privacy of children?

The children's right to privacy and the need to observe data protection laws are paramount.

We do not and request sponsors do not make public an individual child's need for help.

This is why you will not see children's photos, real names, and locations listed on our website. Where we have photos of children, we have changed their names and/or Villages.

Privacy and respect are important for both children and sponsors.

Can I get a receipt for my sponsorship?

Yes, we provide Canadian Tax Receipts once a year for your personal tax purposes. If you are a resident of the USA or the United Kingdom, you can sponsor a child with the national association and receive the tax treatment of your residence.

How many sponsors does an SOS Village have?

To ensure that the living costs (food, clothes, schooling and vocational training, medical care, free-time activities, co-worker pay etc.) are covered, SOS Children's Villages have multiple sponsors for children and the facilities.  We extend sponsorships until running costs are covered, so sometimes an SOS Village sponsorship is not available for a specific SOS Village you may wish to sponsor.

Do children receive financial support after leaving the Village?

On leaving the SOS Children's Village facility the youths are paid the money that has been saved up for them either as a lump sum or in instalments.

The salary when beginning a job is, in many countries, so low that it does not cover all living costs. In these cases, SOS Children's Villages makes an additional financial contribution, to help the youth in starting an independent life.

SOS Children's Villages has started the "head start program" to help young people. This offers former SOS Children's Village children who want to run their own small business loans at a low rate of interest with flexible forms of repayment. We hope to imitate what biological parents often do to help their children in life.