What makes SOS families so unique in the world of alternative care is the long-term relationship every child develops with his or her SOS Brothers and Sisters and the SOS Mother. 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 of India also operates kindergartens, day-care centres, schools and vocational training centres and also runs medical centres with an emphasis on specialised child care and women empowerment.
Finally, through advocacy, we aim to improve the overall framework conditions for children who have been rendered orphaned or who are at the risk of losing parental care. We work in the spirit of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and we promote these rights through our flagship programmes. 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.