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SOS Children nominated for 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

SOS Children nominated for 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

For the 16th time in our history, SOS Children International were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, an honour which recognises our work helping orphaned and abandoned children worldwide. Although we didn't win this year's prize, we were very grateful for the awareness the nomination generated for our cause.

Although the other nominees for the award were a closely-guarded secret, a record 241 candidates, of which 53 are organisations, were nominated for the 2011 prize. The award includes a 1.5 million dollar prize fund.

In the past, both SOS Children and our founder, Hermann Gmeiner, have received numerous nominations for the prestige award, but we have yet to be awarded the honour. The nomination reflects recognition of our commitment to caring for vulnerable children around the world, through our 518 SOS Children’s Villages, as well as our Family Strengthening Programmes which support more than one million families to stay together in their communities.

Several high-profile supporters of SOS Children have received the Peace Prize, including Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama, who said that SOS Children are "a charity where deeds speak louder than words."

Since we were founded in 1949, SOS Children have received a multitude of awards. In recent years, as well as winning numerous national competitions in the countries we work in, we have also won several international prizes.

In 2002, we were recipients of the 2002 Hilton Humanitarian Prize. The Hilton Prize is the world's largest award for humanitarian service, which included a prize of one million dollars towards our work.

In 2005 we were awarded the "Woman of the Year" prize in the category of “social commitment”, by the Women’s World Forum. The prize was given in recognition of the care nearly 6,000 SOS mothers provide for children in our care in the 125 countries we work in.

Although we were not successful in 2011, we are proud to have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and are grateful for the attention our nomination has received. Through greater awareness, we are able to achieve our priority of helping even more vulnerable children around the world.