SOS Children’s Villages is an independent, non-governmental, social development organization which is internationally recognized. They provide safe and secure homes to the homeless and orphaned children across the nations. The organization functions in 133 countries across the world.
It has been 50 years that this organization started working in India and since then it has pays a great attention towards the issues related to children who are in need of care and protection. Today it has around 32 SOS Children’s Villages and over 25, 000 beneficiaries across the country. Established in 1949, the organization provides not only a caring family but also takes care of the other facilities such as quality education, healthcare, and individual care.
The organization works on four pillars namely, The Mother, Brothers and Sisters, The House, The Village. According to these pillars, a child is given a caring parent, corporative siblings, homely accommodation and healthy environment which collectively lead to a better upbringing of the child and make him independent strong and morally active.
The organization runs two flagship programmes namely, Family Based Care (FBC) and Family Strengthening Programme (FSP). Under Family Based Care, SOS covers approximately 6500 girls and boys in 32 children’s villages where they look after every need of the child from his childhood to adolescence. The other program Family Strengthening Programme runs in the slum areas near SOS Villages and aims to help the poor families by educating their children and providing them healthcare facilities as well. Through these programs and initiatives, SOS strives hard to bring a change in the pathetic condition of homeless children and poverty stricken families of India.
For their outstanding contribution towards the society, the organization has been awarded with various illustrious awards numerous times. Some of them are, Save the World Award (2009), the Mother Teresa Gold Medal (2008) and The Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize (2002) etc.
SOS Children’s Villages vigorously contribute towards a better and educated India and also encourage and highlight the need of such organizations in the nation.