Our mission


We build

families for children in need 
We work for children who are orphaned, abandoned or whose families are unable to care for them. We give these children the opportunity to build lasting relationships within a family. Our family approach in the SOS Children’s Village is based on four principles: Each child needs a mother, and grows up most naturally with brothers and sisters, in their own house, within a supportive village environment.

We help

them shape their own futures 
We enable children to live according to their own culture and religion, and to be active members of the community. We help children to recognise and express their individual abilities, interests and talents. We ensure that children receive the education and skills training them need to be successful and contributing members of society.

We share in

the development of their communities 
We share in community life and respond to the social development needs of society’s most vulnerable children and young people. We establish facilities and programmes that aim to strengthen families and prevent the abandonment of children. We join hands with community members to provide education and health care, and respond to emergencies.


When children can no longer live with their families, SOS Children’s Villages gives them the support they need by providing quality alternative care, and, when families are at risk of separation, we work to prevent the loss of care through family strengthening services. This means we have a tremendous responsibility to children, families and their communities. We understand the gravity of this responsibility and are committed to doing everything we can to provide high quality and sustainable care and support.

Siddhartha Kaul, President of SOS Children's Villages