Our mission statement, Children in Need of Care and Protection

Who we are - Our mission statement

The first SOS Children's Village was founded by Hermann Gmeiner, an Austrian philanthropist , in 1949 in Imst, Austria. Since then, the organization has been active and expanding throughout the world. At present, SOS Children's Villages is active in over 133 countries with over 500 SOS Children's Villages and 400 SOS Youth Facilities striving for the welfare of the children in need of care and protection.

In India, the organization caters to over 24,000 children and there are 32 SOS Children's Villages in 22 states in India. 

As an independent non-governmental social development organization:

  • We take action for children in need of care and protection.
  • We respect varying religions and cultures, and we work in communities where our mission can contribute to development.
  • 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, namely the Family Based Care and the Family Strengthening Programme.
With the SOS Children's Village concept, our organization has pioneered a family approach to the long-term care of orphaned and abandoned children in India. 


  • Our Vision

    Every child belongs to a family and grows with love, respect and security. more…
  • Our Mission

    We build families for children in need, we help them shape their own futures and we share in the development of their communities. more…
  • Our Values

    The core beliefs of courage, commitment, trust and accountability are the cornerstones of our success. more…
  • Our Strategy

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