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Where can you sponsor a child?

In 125 countries around the world, almost 62,000 children are growing up in SOS Children's Villages. Here, they live in a caring family home and enjoy a happy and healthy childhood. In many of these countries it is possible to sponsor a child. 

To find out where we work, and where you can sponsor a child, click on a continent on the map or look through the country list below. You can also see Children's Villages on Google Maps.

A map of our projects worldwide Africa Americas Asia Middle East Europe

You're welcome to choose a country or Village where you would like to sponsor a child. Just click on the ‘sponsor online’ button from any page where it appears and mention the country in the ‘special instructions’ box. Feel free to say whether you'd prefer to sponsor a boy or girl, and to give a preferred age, and we'll do our best to match your preferences. If you don't mind, leave the field blank and we'll find you a child where the need is greatest.

SOS Children's Villages Country List: A to Z

To find a country quickly, click on the letter it begins with: 


Children standing in front of a world map muralAlbania where we support children affected by poverty.

Algeria where we have been working since 1981.

Angola we work in Lubango and Benguela, where children have been innocent victims of civil war.

Argentina where we work at Oberá, Mar del Plata, Córdoba and near the capital Buenos Aires.

Armenia where families with children under five make up 60% of those who are poor.

Azerbaijan which has high levels of unemployment and low standards of living.


Bangladesh where over one third of children do not attend school and the literacy rate is under 50%.

Belarus where children affected by Chernobyl are supported through our work.

Benin where we work in Natitingou, Dassa Zoume, and D'Abomey-Calavi.

Group of children looking up making thumbs up sign

Bolivia where nine SOS Children's Villages care for children in the poorest country in South America.

Bosnia where the aftermath of war and living in poverty has left children with traumatic experiences.

Botswana where we work in Tlokweng, Francistown and Serowe.

Brazil where community projects based at these Villages provide practical support to the local communities.

Bulgaria where the transition to a market economy from communism has seen food and water shortages.

Burkina Faso where around three-quarters of a million children have lost one or both parents.

Burundi where civil war and lack of infrastructure mean children are in need of support.


Cambodia where around 10% of children in Cambodia are orphans.

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Cameroon in Mbalmayo, near the capital Yaoundé, and Douala.

Canada learn more about our work.

Cape Verde in Assomada and Sao Domingos, where children suffer from chronic malnutrition and poverty.

Central African Republic at Bangui and Bouar, where widespread poverty and access to basic services are limited.

Chad at our Village in N'Djamena. In the capital, the average daily income per head is 50 pence.

Chile where SOS Children’s Villages and many community projects support children and communities throughout the country.

China where Children’s Villages, the newest in Beijing, provide a loving home to lone children.

Colombia where there are SOS Children’s Villages around the country, including one in Bogota, the capital.

Costa Rica where there is high inflation and one fifth of the population live in poverty.

Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) which is one of the world's leading coffee and cocoa exporters.

A small girl looking downcast, wearing a hat and with a pink flower in her hair

Croatia where the after-effects of the war in the 1990s still leaves problems for children today.

Czech Republic where a regeneration programme continues after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia.


Democratic Republic of Congo where war, malnutrition and preventable diseases have affected children.

Djibouti a country affected by drought, famine and poverty.

Dominican Republic where children under 5 still die from malnutrition.


Ecuador where the economy still struggles with the after effects of recession in the 1990s.

Egypt in Cairo, Alexandria and Tanta.

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El Salvador where many children have found a loving family in SOS Children’s Villages.

Equatorial Guinea where we work to improve levels of child welfare and education.

Estonia where the numbers of children being abandoned is rising due to social problems.

Ethiopia where two thirds of the population are illiterate and food shortages result in malnutrition.


Gambia where health and education systems are lacking and the population exists at subsistence level.

Georgia which is one of the poorest former Soviet Union countries. The daily income is less than £1.50 per day.

Ghana is one the world's poorest countries with more than two thirds dependent on small scale farming.

Greece where children face a wide range of social and economic problems.

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Guatemala where illiteracy, infant mortality and malnutrition are among the highest in the region.

Guinea where infant mortality is amongst the highest in the world and rates of HIV/AIDS are increasing.

Guinea-Bissau which has some of the highest disease rates in the West of Africa.


Haiti where recovery from the 2010 earthquake is ongoing.

Honduras where there are high rates of infant and child mortality in the under fives.

Hungary where problems left from the communist era still affect children today.


India which is one of the fastest growing countries in the world, but many young children remain malnourished.

Indonesia where a high refugee population strains existing health, housing and education services.

Portrait photo of smiling Indian girl with beautiful flowers in her hair

Israel where we have been working since 1981.


Jamaica where widespread crime and poverty have a daily impact on hundreds of thousands of children.

Jordan where poverty and unemployment are high, and which relies on importing basic foodstuffs.


Kazakhstan where there are many social challenges facing children and their families.

Kenya where many were displaced due to political rioting in 2008. SOS Children’s Villages care for children affected.

Kosovo where unemployment is high and the infrastructure is in need of upgrading.

Kyrgyzstan where many children work in local bazaars and many are abandoned by their parents.


Laos where half the population lives in poverty.

Small children sit at their school desks

Latvia where transition to market conditions has been slow.

Lebanon where children have the opportunity to be part of a new family at SOS Children’s Villages.

Lesotho where over half the population live below the poverty line.

Liberia where decades of economic collapse have led to increased poverty and disease.

Lithuania where economic growth has been slow for this former Soviet Union country.


Macedonia where unemployment is high and the country still suffers from the after-effects of war in the region.

Madagascar where we work near the capital Antananarivo and two other countries.

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world with low life expectancy and high infant mortality.

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Mali one of the least developed countries in the world.

Mauritius where we work in Beau Bassin and Bambous. 

Mexico where children often suffer family instability, with many having to work.

Mongolia where children are at risk of malnutrition, poor health and poverty.

Morocco where literacy rates are low and there is a severe lack of medical services for the population.

Mozambique where 16 years of civil war saw one million people killed.


Namibia which suffers from drought and where there is increasing incidence of HIV/AIDS.

Nepal where more than 40% of the population are under-nourished.

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Nicaragua where one in three children suffers from chronic malnutrition.

Niger which has a basic health care system and most of the population live on less than 50 pence a day.

Nigeria which has seen increased industrialisation, but one fifth of children die before they reach five.

North Cyprus where SOS Children's Villages has helped to reform childcare in the country and help prevent child abandonment.


Pakistan where girls are at risk of abuse and lack access to education, as well as proper nutrition and health care.

Palestine where restrictions make day-to-day life difficult. Too many children suffer from trauma and are victims of economic pressures.

Panama where there are many social problems and around 40% of the population lives below the poverty line.

A smiling girl in a green field sitting in front of a flowerbed full of gorgeous red flowersParaguay where many children work to supplement family income and over one third of children are not able to finish primary school.

Peru one of the largest countries in South America. Many people still live in slums without access to basic services.

Philippines where more than 90% of the population live below subsistence level, many in huge slums.

Poland where many children are forced into orphanages and institutions because of a lack of support for struggling families.


Romania where over one third of the population live in poverty as a result of high unemployment.

Russia where, despite positive moves, the benefits of the economy are yet to filter through to the ordinary population.

Rwanda where civil war destroyed much of the country's infrastructure, severely affecting women and children.


Senegal  where we work at Louga, Dakar and Kaolack.

Boys lying down on the grass

Serbia where we work in Kraljevo in the centre of the country.

Sierra Leone which is a small and highly populated country, which has been devastated by years of civil war.

Somalia where levels of poverty mean orphans have to fend for themselves.

Somaliland an autonomous region of Somalia, where literacy rates are low and poverty is an issue.

South Africa where nearly two thirds of the population live in poverty, and many children die annually from treatable diseases.

South Korea where orphans are still an issue in this fast-developing country.

South Sudan where there are only three proper hospitals and a high maternal mortality rate.

Sri Lanka where ethnic conflict has caused huge suffering to children.

Sudan which is one of the poorest countries in the world.

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Suriname where we worked in Paramaribo. Although we no longer work here, you can learn about our past projects.

Swaziland where only half the population has access to clean water and there is a high infant mortality rate.

Syria where we continue giving emergency support to families affected by the violent civil war.


Tanzania where we work in Zanzibar, Arusha and Dar Es Salaam.

Thailand where large differences in wealth mean much of the population lives in extreme poverty.

Tibet where children who make the dangerous journey from China find a family with SOS Children.

Togo where over a third of school age girls do not attend school.

Tunisia where families living in slums mean children suffer from social deprivation.Close-up of a black girl looking above camera with a blue bucket in the background

Turkey where a Children's Village works independently of the international SOS organisation.


Uganda is one of the poorest countries in the world, and there is a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS.

Ukraine where we work in Brovary, near Kiev, where after effects of the Chernobyl disaster are still endured.

Uruguay where we work in Montevideo, Salto, and Florida.

USA where three Children's Villages provide care for the most deprived children.

Uzbekistan where we work in Tashkent and Samarkand.


Venezuela where more than half the population live in shanty towns and slums.Three smiling children in front of a brick wall, two waving

Vietnam where the average daily income is less than £1 per day for many living in shanty towns and slums.


Zambia where the average income is less than 60 pence a day.

Zimbabwe where there is increased risk of cholera, through lack of access to safe drinking water.

Take a closer look on Google Maps

We've added almost every Children's Village to Google Maps and using satellite view you can get right up close. Some locations have a special feature which allows you to see your Village in 3D. Click on the map below to see Children's Villages around the world on Google Maps. If you can't find the Village you're looking for, take a look here for more detailed instructions.

Google Map showing SOS Villages around the world


Street children are helped by SOS Children in many countries. We help street children by giving them a loving home.