We provide a family-based care to children who have lost parental care, or to those children whose best interest is no longer to remain in their families. We work in the communities to prevent family breakdown which often leads to child neglect or abandonment. We work closely with the government and partners to ensure that each child’s right to family, protection, education and health care are fulfilled.
We build families for children in need
We work for children who are orphaned, abandoned or whose families are unable to care for them. We give these children the opportunity to build lasting relationships within a family. Our family approach in the SOS Children’s Village is based on four principles: Each child needs a mother, and grows up most naturally with brothers and sisters, in their own house, within a supportive village environment.
We help them shape their own futures
We enable children to live according to their own culture and religion, and to be active members of the community. We help children to recognize and express their individual abilities, interests and talents. We ensure that children receive the education and skills training they need to be successful and contributing members of society.
We share in the development of their communities
We share in community life and respond to the social development needs of society’s most vulnerable children and young people. We establish facilities and programs that aim to strengthen families and prevent the abandonment of children. We join hands with community members to provide education and health care, and respond to emergencies.
WHAT WE WANT FOR THE WORLD’S CHILDREN
Every child belongs to a family
Family is the heart of society. Within a family each child is protected and enjoys a sense of belonging. Here, children learn values, share responsibilities and form life-long relationships. A family environment gives them a solid foundation on which to build their lives.
Every child grows with love
Through love and acceptance, emotional wounds are healed and confidence is built. Children learn to trust and believe in themselves and others. With this self-assurance each child can recognize and fulfill his or her potential.
Every child grows with respect
Each child’s voice is heard and taken seriously. Children participate in making decisions that affect their lives and are guided to take a leading role in their own development. The child grows with respect and dignity as a cherished member of his or her family and society
Every child grows with security
Children are protected from abuse, neglect and exploitation and are kept safe during natural disaster and war. Children have shelter, food, health care and education. These are the basic requirements for the sound development of all children.