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Remembering friends

The commitment of all our supporters enables us to provide love, care and protection to the world's most vulnerable children. Here, we say a special thank you to friends who are no longer with us, and celebrate their dedication to improving young lives.

We hope you will find their stories as inspirational as we do.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Known as “Madiba” – or father – by South Africans, Nelson Mandela spent a lifetime fighting for racial equality. Following his release from prison in 1994 and subsequent election as president, he became a vocal supporter of our work, describing children as “the hope of our rainbow country.”

Madiba gave hope to generations and continues to inspire millions worldwide. “Nelson Mandela is my mentor and hero,” says one SOS child. “He gave up his time and fought for the freedom that I have.”

Richard Attenborough

Richard Attenborough

A passionate believer in social justice as well as renowned actor and director, Lord Attenborough used his art to express his humanitarian ideals, producing movies such as Gandhi and Oh! What a Lovely War.

After discovering SOS Children when filming in southern Africa, Lord Attenborough witnessed first-hand the care and protection given to vulnerable children at SOS Children's Villages, and remained committed to our work for life. In 1999, he visited the Children's Village in Cape Town, saying, “These little persons are as important as anyone else in this world. Everyone carries the moral obligation to take care of his neighbour, especially in case of such defenceless human beings as orphans.”

Thank you

We are constantly inspired by the passion of our supporters, and we hope you are too. A big thank you to everyone who believes in what we do and makes our work possible.

Hear from some of the friends who continue to support us today, or read the heartwarming stories of child sponsors who have had the privilege of visiting their sponsored child and their SOS family.


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