Hermann Gmeiner had a dream, that one day all the children in the world would enjoy the security of a home. And in a less than perfect world he called upon us at SOS Children’s Villages to give a home and family to those children who need us most.

OS Children cares and supports children who have lost, or who are at risk of losing, the care of their biological family. We strengthen families’ ability to protect and care for their children, and strengthen safety nets for vulnerable children and their families within the community.

Education is a privilege and not a basic right in many parts of the world, where school facilities are non-existent or inadequate. Therefore, in countries outside Europe, SOS Children’s Villages often builds schools which are open to both the children and young people from the children’s village and the neighboring districts.