SOS Children: Sponsor a child
SOS Children believes every child should grow up in a caring family environment.
Across the world, we try to achieve this in two ways. Firstly, we prevent children ending up alone, abandoned or in institutions. We do this through community-based programmes that support families. Secondly, for lone children who cannot live with their family, we provide a loving home in an SOS Children's Village. We also provide quality education and healthcare in these communities.
Thanks to child sponsors, these children have hope. Have you considered sponsoring a child?
Our vision is “a loving home for every child” and we have a rather unique approach to sponsorship which we think is the best for children and child sponsors. We work where there are many orphaned or abandoned children. We conduct 'root cause' research into why this is happening, and work in the wider community to tackle these causes.
We need your help and support in helping keep families together and in sponsoring children so that we can provide family-based care for them. Child sponsors and donors worldwide provide a new family and home for more than 62,000 children in 545 unique Children’s Villages in 125 countries. We help ten children stay with their own family for every child in an SOS family. Child sponsors have helped make us into the world’s largest orphan and abandoned children’s charity.
SOS Children: Offering child sponsorship
Our donors help children whose parents are not there for them. They may be AIDS orphans, street children, child soldiers or children orphaned by war, poverty or natural disasters (see for example the current Syria Emergency Appeal and the Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Appeal). We give these children a mother and a family in a home within an SOS Children’s Village.
Donations pay to build the Villages and run them until child sponsors cover the running costs. Where family life is at risk (for example where parents have HIV/AIDS), we run programmes to help strengthen families and keep them together. By choosing to sponsor a child, you will ensure that a child who has lost their parents grows up in a safe and loving environment.
Our working model is very simple:
- We take small groups of lone children, and place them together with a permanent resident
SOS mother. Together they live as an SOS family.
- Several of these SOS families group together to form a Children's Village - often around 12 families.
- Much of our work takes place in the wider community. Here, we work with local people to provide the support and resources the neighbourhood needs.
- If there is no adequate medical care, we provide it. If there is no school, we build one.
- We help families in the community provide a loving environment for the children in their care, tailoring guidance and support to the individual needs of family groups.
You can be part of the life-changing charity work we do. By choosing to sponsor a child, you will ensure that a child who has lost their parents grows up in a safe and loving environment.
Our strategic goal for the coming years is to give a million children a family for life. Of these, one-hundred thousand children will be given a new family and home in an SOS Children's Village. With our support, nine-hundred thousand children who might otherwise grow up on the street will be brought up by their own extended family. This vital work would be impossible without the assistance of our many kind supporters who choose to sponsor a child.