About SOS Children
We believe every child is entitled to quality care. This includes basic needs, as well as stable and loving relationships.
SOS Children is a global charity, and for over 60 years we have been supporting children, families and their communities to flourish.
- We prevent children ending up alone, abandoned or in institutions through our community programmes which support families in need.
- When children can no longer live with their family, we provide long-term care and a supportive family environment in an SOS Children's Village.
- We provide quality education and healthcare in these communities.
We give orphaned and abandoned children a loving home
Children in our care live in a unique community called an SOS Children's Village. Here, they grow up in a family home with their SOS brothers and sisters, and are cared for by a committed SOS Mother. There are several SOS Families in a Children's Village, and together they form a supportive community full of smiling faces and laughter.
In 125 countries, we provide long-term care for more than 62,000 children in 545 SOS Children's Villages. Find out where we work.
We provide quality education and healthcare for the whole community
Each child that lives in an SOS Children's Village receives quality education and healthcare. When we build facilities such as an SOS Nursery for young children, an SOS School, or an SOS Medical Centre, we often welcome the local community to use them too. Globally, over 130,000 children attend SOS Nurseries and Schools.
We help to prevent children from being orphaned and abandoned
Through our community outreach programmes, we help families care for their children. Our priority is that children stay with their biological or extended family, and our local partners work to make this possible via tailored services for families. This includes training for income-generating activities, counselling and parenting advice.
We support families during emergencies
Our established local networks mean that we're well placed to help children and families during emergencies. Currently we're providing vital humanitarian aid to families affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and the Syrian civil war.
You can give a vulnerable child hope by becoming a sponsor
If you agree that every child should grow up in a loving family home and a supportive environment, the best way to help is to become a child sponsor. You can sponsor a child in almost all of the 125 countries where we work, and will see them growing up through the regular updates you will receive. We use 100% of your sponsorship towards the care of children, so you know that every penny makes a difference to a child's life.
“The splendid work done by SOS Children is charity where deeds speak louder than words" - The Dalai Lama
We are a charity which builds caring families, not headlines. We invest in communities, not in media presence. This way, we keep our admin costs low while delivering the best support to children at risk.
Orphaned and abandoned children require long-term, dedicated support. This requires working with local authorities and governments, who generally have legal responsibility for them. As such, we co-operate with all governments. This method has allowed us to continue to help vulnerable children in places like Zimbabwe where other organisations have had to leave.
We were founded in 1949 to provide long-term support to children who had lost their homes or families in the Second World War. We continue this work worldwide, and always respect the religions and cultures of the local community. We uphold the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and work to defend these rights around the world.
SOS Children and you
You can download this short introduction to the work of SOS Children (pdf), which encapsulates the many ways we support families and children in need and how you can help.
We would love to hear from you!
We are happy to talk to anyone about our work or how you might be able to help. Click here for our contact details.
SOS Children is the UK centre for the work of SOS Children’s Villages, an international, non-governmental development organisation. Our registered charity number is 1069204.