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Our work

Together with our supporters, we give holistic support to vulnerable children and families around the world. We ensure children grow up with all they need to reach their full potential and live happy, healthy lives.

Children develop best when they belong to a family, so we help families to stay together through our community outreach programmes. When a child loses parental care, we offer them a new family in an SOS Children's Village. Here they receive education and healthcare. When disaster strikes, our emergency relief projects helps communities to recover.

Thank you. With your help, we listened and supported thousands of children in 2014. Learn more, and see our latest facts and figures...

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Where we work

Spanning five continents, we support vulnerable children and families in over 100 countries around the world.

Discover where we work...

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SOS Children's Villages

Children's Villages are the special communities where we provide care for orphaned and abandoned children.

About Children's Villages...

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Community outreach

Our family strengthening programmes help families stay together so children can grow up with their parents.

How we support families...

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Children living in SOS Villages and those from the local community learn at SOS Schools and Nurseries.

Our educational projects...

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Emergency relief

When a natural disaster or conflict affects a community, we work to protect children and keep families together.

How we help in emergencies...

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Our medical centres are located close to SOS Children's Villages and serve the local community.

How we provide healthcare...

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Our work in Africa

Our first Children's Village on the African continent opened in 1971 in Ivory Coast. Today, over 16,000 children live in 153 Children's Villages across 45 African countries. To celebrate 40 years of SOS Children's Villages in Africa, we launched “Our Africa”, an online platform for young Africans to tell their stories.

Find out more about our work in Africa...

Learn more about specific areas of our work across Africa: HIV/AIDSmalariamalnutrition, and street children.

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The best way to support our work is to sponsor a child living in an SOS Children's Village. By becoming a child sponsor, you can transform a young life.


Have you visited Our Africa? Check out its wide variety of videos made by children from the continent.