SOS Children - Sponsor a child
We work towards every child growing up in a loving family home, so that they flourish and reach their full potential.
Our work is possible thanks to donors and child sponsors. Learn about sponsoring a child.
What do we do?
Together with our supporters, we have been helping the world’s most vulnerable children and families for over 65 years.
- We prevent children from ending up alone by supporting fragile families to stay together.
- When a child is orphaned or abandoned, we provide them with a permanent family home in an SOS Children’s Village.
- We provide quality education and healthcare in these communities.
We also help during emergencies, and are currently supporting children and families suffering as a result of the refugee crisis.
Where do we work?
There are SOS Children’s Villages, and associated community programmes, in 125 countries around the world – making us one of the world's largest orphan charities. These span Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. You can sponsor a child in most of these countries with SOS Children here in the UK. See where we work.
What are Children’s Villages?
SOS Children’s Villages are home to children who, for various reasons, are no longer able to live with their biological family. Many are orphaned or abandoned. In a Children's Village, each child is looked after by an SOS mother. She lovingly cares for a small group of children and they live together as a family.
There are several SOS families in a Children's Village. Together, they form a safe and supportive community. We know every child is unique, so those growing up in an SOS family are given individual, tailored support until they are young adults. This includes healthcare and quality education.
You can sponsor a child growing up in an SOS Children’s Village, and ensure they receive all they need to flourish. Child sponsors change young lives. Thanks to their compassion and support, we are the world’s largest charity for orphaned and abandoned children.
Find out how you can give a child a loving family in an SOS Children’s Village.
Alternatively, find out why child sponsorship with SOS Children is special.