What we do

Our Mission


We build families for children in need.
We help them shape their own futures.
We share in the development of their communities


In 134 countries, SOS Children’s Villages provides abandoned, orphaned and vulnerable children with a caring, loving and secure family environment.


Every SOS Children‘s Village is a place that orphan and abandoned children can call home: children live as part of their own culture and religion, in a place where their needs for food, health, shelter and education are met.


The SOS mother is essential to the life of orphan children in our SOS Villages. She provides constant care, love and support for five to ten children. These women, locally hired and extensively trained, provide children with more than a place to live; they provide a family.



SOS Children‘s Villages keeps families together through our Family Strengthening Programs, which help parents and their communities to protect and care for their children. Skills training and community development work help parents to become self-sufficient and prevent child abandonment.


SOS Children’s Villages offers other programs that support families and children in need. And during times of global emergencies, we support those most affected.


Through SOS Children‘s Villages, kids who were alone and abandoned, or at risk of losing their families, have an opportunity to grow up safe and become self sufficient, better citizens and better parents. That leads to positive, lasting social change.