SOS Children's Villages International is the umbrella organisation of more than 130 affiliated national SOS Children's Village associations worldwide. SOS Children's Villages is a non-governmental and non-denominational child-focused organisation that provides direct services in the areas of care, education and health for children at risk of losing parental care, and those who have lost parental care. The organisation also builds the capacity of the children's caregivers, their families and communities to provide adequate care.
SOS Children's Villages advocates for the rights of children without parental care and those at risk of losing parental care. Founded in 1949, its operations are guided by the spirit of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children.
Our international Strategy 2030 commits SOS Children’s Villages to support the global community in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals in key areassuch as poverty, inequality and social and child protection. To help break the cycle of poverty and exclusion, the organisation builds the capacities and resilience of families and communities. Nationally and internationally, we advocate for inclusive state social protection for vulnerable children, young people and families.