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Our work

Our childhood shapes our future. That's why we give holistic support to vulnerable children around the world, ensuring they grow up with all they need to reach their full potential and live happy, healthy lives. Our work is possible thanks to supporters like you.

Children develop best when they belong to a family, so we help families to stay together through our community outreach programmes. When a child does lose parental care, we offer them a new family life in an SOS Children's Village. Here they receive good education and healthcare. If disaster strikes our emergency relief helps communities to recover. 

Thank you. With your help, we supported thousands of children who were at crossroads in 2013. Learn more, and see our latest facts and figures...

where we work

Where we work

Spanning five continents, we support vulnerable children and families in over 100 countries around the world.

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SOS Children's Villages

SOS Children's Villages

Children's Villages are the special communities where we provide care for orphaned and abandoned children.

About Children's Villages...

Vocational training

Community outreach

Our family strengthening programmes help families stay together so children can grow up with their parents.

How we support families...

Education

Education

Children living in SOS Villages and those from the local community learn at SOS Schools and Nurseries.

Our educational projects...

A child and mother from the Gambia

Emergency relief

When natural disaster or conflict affects a community, we work to protect children and keep families together.

How we help in emergencies...

Help build Chipata village

Healthcare

Our medical centres are located close to SOS Children's Villages, and serve the local community.

How we provide healthcare...

 
Tomorrow in India

Celebrating 50 years in India

Children growing up in India face many challenges, with more than 31 million children living without the care of a parent. Discover what SOS Children has been doing to help since 1963, and how tomorrow in India you can transform a life.

Tomorrow in India

40 years in Africa

Celebrating over 40 years in Africa

Our first Children's Village in the African continent opened in 1971 in the Ivory Coast. Today, over 16,000 children live in 153 Children's Villages across 45 African countries. To celebrate 40 years of SOS Children in Africa, we launched “Our Africa”, an online platform for young Africans to tell their stories.

40 years in Africa


Learn more about specific areas of our work across Africa: HIV/AIDSmalariamalnutrition, and street children.

The best way to support our work is to sponsor a child living in an SOS Children's Village. By becoming a child sponsor, you can transform a young life.

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Have you visited Our Africa? Check out its wide variety of videos made by children from the continent.