Village communities

There are an estimated 140 million children worldwide who have lost one or both parents – and 385 million children living in extreme poverty. SOS Children’s Villages supports vulnerable children and fragmented families in 126 countries and territories across five continents. When a child has nobody to care for them, we are there to offer them a home, a carer and a family where children can grow up from cradle to career. This is what makes SOS Children’s Villages unique.

Making a global change

There are more than 559 SOS Children’s Villages around the world that provide a loving home to more than 70,000 children and young people.

Our village communities offer children the opportunity to grow up in a family-like environment and the chance to thrive.
We provide:


  • SOS carers – a trained and dedicated individual from the local area who looks after between seven and ten children
  • Family with boys and girls of different ages. Wherever possible, biological brothers and sisters stay together in one family
  • Homes built in the local style. In each village community, there are 10-15 houses
  • Village communities to grow up in, with a support network of carers and other staff
  • Quality education at SOS-run or supported schools
  • Quality healthcare
  • Support from cradle to career, with older teenagers gaining readiness for independence, including vocational training and higher education


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