SOS Children's Villages is an independent, non-governmental, social development organisation that provides family-based care for children in India since 1964. It advocates the concerns, rights and needs of children. More than 6000 children and young people live in 33 SOS Children's Villages and 27 SOS Youth Facilities in the country.
At SOS Children’s Villages, we believe that every child should grow up in a strong family environment, and so our work helps families to create a loving, caring home. Our work focuses on strengthening families, helping them to stay together during difficult times and provide the best care possible to their children. The needs of a family can be varied. SOS Children’s Village experts work with families to help them develop a wide range of skills, from house-hold budget planning, how to get a job and earning a living, to bonding with a child or young person and learning to create a stable family life at home.
Sometimes, however, it is not possible for a child to stay in the family. In these cases, the organisation works to find tailor-made solutions that respond to each situation, keeping the best interest of each child or young person’s in mind. SOS Children’s Villages is the only organisation of global impact that provides direct care to children who can no longer stay with their families.
What makes SOS families so unique in the world of alternative care is the long-term relationship every child has in an SOS family with his or her SOS parent. SOS Children’s Villages also makes every effort that biological siblings stay together in one SOS family. Strong, supportive relationships are formed, so that children develop resilience and confidence to face life’s challenges.
Additionally, together with partners from the community, the organisation provides health care and education to children and families, if these services are not readily available. SOS Children’s Villages operates kindergartens, day-care centres, schools and vocational training centres and also runs medical centres, with an emphasis on specialised care of women and children.
In order to help families and communities to become strong so that they can take care of their children better, and organise the services that children need, SOS Children’s Villages supports families, communities, local and state governments to develop the attitudes, skills, resources, and structures to protect and care for the child.
Finally, through advocacy, SOS Children’s Villages aims to improve the overall framework conditions for children whose parents cannot take care of them, or who are at risk of losing the care of their families. Successful advocacy, based on our experience as a practitioner, brings about changes in policies and practices that weaken children’s rights leads to sustainable changes to improve the situation for children and families everywhere.
More than 7000 children and young people attend SOS Hermann Gmeiner Schools, SOS Kindergartens and SOS Vocational Training Centres. Moreover, SOS Children's Villages provides families with material, psychological and social support. In times of crisis and disaster, SOS Children's Villages helps through emergency relief programmes.
SOS Children’s Villages is a worldwide non-governmental social development organisation, active in the field of child rights. Through national associations, the organisation is active in more than 130 countries and territories. Each affiliated association is united through the umbrella organisation, SOS Children’s Villages International.