SOS Children's Villages is a non-governmental social welfare organization dedicated to providing homes for orphans and abandoned children. Its international umbrella organization, SOS-Kinderdorf International, with its head office in Innsbruck, Austria and is one of 132 member associations in different countries. It is the largest children welfare organization in the world and has so far established over 1600 projects, with the number steadily increasing.
- parental separation
- domestic violence and neglect
- loss of parents due to war or natural catastrophes
Such children are supported to recover from being emotionally traumatized and to avoid real danger of being isolated, abused, exploited and deprived of their rights.
SOS provides about 50,000 such children and 15,000 young adults with a permanent new family, with a '24 hours a day' new SOS mother to provide family-based care. Typically, about ten children are grouped into a house with an SOS mother and between ten and forty of such houses are grouped together as a "Village" with shared facilities. Family groups once formed are kept together as a priority.
SOS Kinderdorf is the largest child welfare organization in the world and has so far established over 1800 projects, with the number steadily increasing. Many of the facilities are community projects such as schools, medical centers, agricultural projects, vocational training and production centers.
SOS Children's Villages is active in 133 countries and territories worldwide. In all countries where SOS Children's Villages operates, the aim is to form a national association which is its own legal entity, with its own statutes and Board of Directors. Common for all of them is membership of the international umbrella association, and the fact that their Board of Directors work on an honorary basis. Each member association has to comply with the international statutes and principles for education and child-care of SOS-Kinderdorf International.
SOS Children's Village Pakistan
SOS Children's Villages Pakistan was established in 1975, and is the largest private child social welfare organization in the country. Over 45 projects have been established nationwide, of which 20 are exclusively for orphans. SOS Pakistan is completely autonomous and affiliated with SOS Kinderdorf International, based in Austria, which operates over 2100 projects in 133 countries, and is the largest orphan care organization in the world.