SOS Children’s Villages is an independent, non-governmental social development organization that works on behalf of children all around the world who are in need of a loving home. We offer long term family-based care for children who have lost their parents or who cannot be raised by their biological family.
SOS India Initiative is a campaign of SOS Children’s Villages – USA
We respect the religious, racial, linguistic and ethnic heritage of each of our children, and we carry out our work in the spirit of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child SOS Children’s Village was the first organization of its kind to pioneer a family approach to the long-term care of orphaned and abandoned children. The concept is based on four principles, which are:
The Mother: Each child has a caring parent
The SOS mother builds a close relationship with every child entrusted to her, and provides the security, love and stability that each child needs. As a child care professional, she lives together with the children, guides their development, and runs her household independently. She recognizes and respects each child’s family background, cultural roots and religion.
Brothers and Sisters: Family ties grow naturally
Girls and boys of different ages live together as brothers and sisters, with natural brothers and sisters always staying within the same SOS family. These children and their SOS mother build emotional ties that last a lifetime.
The House: Each family creates its own home
The house is the family’s home, with its own unique feeling, rhythm and routine. Under its roof, children enjoy a real sense of security and belonging. Children grow and learn together, sharing responsibilities and all the joys and sorrows of daily life.
The Village: The SOS family is a part of the community
SOS families live together, forming a supportive village environment where children enjoy a happy childhood. The families share experiences and offer one another a helping hand. They also live as integrated and contributing members of the local community. Through his or her family, village and community, each child learns to participate actively in society.