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Sponsor a child in Eastern Europe

In Eastern Europe we currently care for over 2,000 sponsored children in 38 SOS Children's Villages.  

About 30,000 people are supported through education projects, such as SOS Schools, and community based projects, such as Family Strengthening Programmes and the SOS Playbus schemes.

Map of SOS Children's Villages in Eastern Europe Albania Belarus Bosnia & Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Northern Cyprus Czech Republic Estonia Greece Hungary Kosovo Latvia Lithuania Macedonia Poland Romania Russia Serbia Ukraine

Eastern Europe

Child at SOS Nursery School Tirana, Albania

Albania

Albania is one of the poorest countries in Europe. At present, SOS Children's Villages support over 850 people in Albania through one SOS Children's Village, one SOS Youth Home, one SOS Nursery School, one SOS School and two SOS Family Strengthening Programmes.

SOS child in Belarus

Belarus

We have been working in Belarus since 1986. The Chernobyl disaster made a safe home for orphaned children a necessity. Now there are three SOS Children's Villages in the country.

Two brothers, Bosnia

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Whilst having recovered well, Bosnia & Herzegovina still suffers from the conflict that afflicted the country in the 1990s. We have rebuilt two nurseries in Mostar that were destroyed during the war. We also have two SOS Children's Villages in the country.

Boy Bulgaria happy

Bulgaria

We started work in Bulgaria in the town of Trjavna, in 1995. Since then, a second SOS Children's Village was opened in Dren, about 28 miles south of the capital Sofia.

Child from Lekenik, Croatia

Croatia

At present there are two SOS Children's Villages in Croatia, two SOS Youth Homes and one SOS Nursery. One Village is located near to the capital Zagreb, in Lekenik, the other is in the east of the country in Ladimirevci.

Cypriot children

Northern Cyprus

SOS Children's Villages began discussions with representatives of North Cyprus in 1989. There was no clear policy on child care and the SOS Children method has provided a model for the reform of child care. The only SOS Children’s Villages projects on the island are in the capital, Nicosia, known locally as Lefkosa to the Turks and Lefkosia to the Greeks. Nicosia is the only divided capital city in the world.

Child sponsorship Brno, Czech Republic

Czech Republic

We currently have three SOS Children's Villages in Czech Republic. These are located in Doubi, Chvalčov and Medlánky.

Boy with football medals, Estonia

Estonia

Our work in Estonia currently consists one SOS Children's Village in Keila, near Tallinn, one SOS Youth Home, one SOS Nursery and three SOS Social Centres.

A boy from SOS Children's Village Plagiari Greece

Greece

Greece is home to three SOS Children's Villages, in Plagiari, Vari and Thrace. We also operate eight Social Centres accross the country. 

sponsor a child in Hungary

Hungary

There are currently three SOS Children's Villages in Hungary, in Koszeg, Kecskemét and Battonya. We have been working in the country since 1986.

Child from Islice, Latvia

Latvia

Latvia, on the Baltic Sea, is home to two SOS Children's Villages, in Valmeira and Islice. The country has recovered well since Communism collapsed.

Child from Vilnuis, Lithuania

Lithuania

We have one SOS Children's Village in Lithuania in the capital Vilnius. This village was opened to new children in 2001.

Child from Skopje, Macedonia

Macedonia

One SOS Children's Village has been operating in Macedonia since we started working there in 2000. It is in the capital, Skopje.

Child from Skopje, Macedonia

Poland

Despite gradually rising living standards, deprivation is widespread in Poland's east. Support for struggling families is limited, and children from tough backgrounds are often taken away from their parents and placed in institutions. We care for children in four locations, and help vulnerable families provide a better start for their children.

Child from the SOS Children's Village Bucharest, Romania

Romania

There are three SOS Children's Villages in Romania. One is in the small town of Cisnadie, near Sibiu, one in Hemeius, and one in the capital Bucharest. On top of this, we run several programmes for the wider community, such as an SOS Playbus in Bucharest.

Family supported by SOS Social Centre at Krasnogvardeisky district, Russia

Russia

In Russia there are currently six SOS Children's Villages. All six Villages have the advantage of good infrastructure and the children attend local public nurseries and schools.

Five children outside smiling, Serbia

Serbia

There is one SOS Children's Village and one SOS Youth Home in Serbia, located in Kraljevo.

Child from Brovary, Ukraine

Ukraine

In 2010, the first SOS Children's Village in Ukraine opened in Brovary, near to the capital city Kiev. We first worked in the country in 2003, providing emergency relief to families in the Podol district.

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Western Europe map (smaller)Western Europe

As you can see in the map on the right, there are many SOS Children's Villages in Western Europe, for example, in Germany, Austria, Spain and Italy. 

Western European countries pay for their own SOS Children's Villages (generally with government funding and private charitable donations too) and we do not generally seek sponsorships here.

We suggest that a child sponsorship in Eastern EuropeAfricaAsia, or the Americas, could be a generous and rewarding alternative.

In other countries, such as the United Kingdom and Iceland, we do not run SOS Children's Villages, but we do work to raise money for our programmes in other parts of the world.

The Story of SOS Child Sponsorship in Europe

The first SOS Children's Village was opened in the Austrian State of Tyrol. This innovative model was a solution to the poor standards of living of children orphaned after the Second World War.

Learn more about our story and history.

One of the greatest challenges in Europe was presented by the events and developments in the former Yugoslavia. SOS Children's Villages was one of the few aid organisations that was active in the country during the Yugoslav war. We are now present in Bosnia & Herzegovina and in Kosovo. SOS facilities also exist in Serbia and Croatia.

Construction of an SOS Children's Village in Czech Republic marked the beginning in 1970. A village was opened in Hungary in 1986. After the East opened up, SOS Villages were built in Bulgaria (1993), Romania (1993) and Albania (1995). Particular mention should be given to the Belarusian SOS Children's Village in Minsk, which was built in 1995 in reaction to the Chernobyl disaster.

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