We aim for a strong future generation

We want children to grow up in a loving home so they can unlock their full potential and shape their lives and communities.

Therefore we work to prevent family separation and to increase the options of children, who cannot stay with their parents temporarily or for a longer time.

We are striving to find the right solution for every child, since there is no one-fits-all recipe.

The work of SOS Children´s Villages focuses on three main target groups:

  • families at risk of separation
  • children, who have lost parental care
  • young people preparing for independent life

To reach the best outcome for children, families and communities, we team up with corporate partners and other NGOs as well as local, regional and national government authorities.

We support young people in their education and training on their way to employment and a better future for themselves and their families. We tell children and young people about their rights and encourage them to speak up for themselves – with our support.

This is our contribution to a better future.
You can be part of this future by supporting children, families and young people.


Family Strengthening

Many families struggle with economic hardship, lack of education and often poverty is inherited and continues over generations. It´s important to break this vicious circle.
We firmly believe that children should grow up in a family-like setting and ideally in their family of origin. Therefore our work starts with prevention -we want to keep families together, so children can stay in their home and with their parents.

Alternative Care

If children cannot stay with their parents, we work to offer them the alternative care solution that fits their needs.
The range of solutions reaches from short-term care to different kinds of SOS Family Care, which offers children a new home with siblings and a mother or couple taking care of them.

Keeping children safe – mission and task

It is our mission and commitment to provide children a loving home. We adhere to the UN Conventions on the Rights of the Child as a standard and are part of the Keeping Children Safe alliance. SOS Children´s Villages adopted a Child Protection Policy, a Code of Conduct for employees, partners and guests and regulations regarding the protection of data and privacy of children to make sure they grow up in a secure and protected environment. 

The highest standards for selection, recruitment and education of co-workers are in place. There are Child Safeguarding Focal Points in every country and every region, which ensures immediate actions in line with the national legislation and international standards. We report, respond and cooperate with local investigation authorities on the slightest suspicion of a violation of these regulations.

Guiding content notes: the purpose of this page is to show why the work of SOS Children´s Villages is needed first of all. This “Why” from the new brand guidelines is also known by fundraisers as “the need”, on which content for acquisition usually focuses. So this page should first of all contain facts and stories about the local need – children without parental care, families under pressure, young people on their way to independence, in short: why is our work needed? The focus should be on the children, families and young people, not the organization (“we” language should be avoided, but instead a connection between donor and child/family should be created, e.g. instead of “We help children in need” “You can help children in need”. Different program solutions are shown as an answer to the need to make clear what exactly the donors support and how their donation helps children, families and young people.

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