Conceptual Principles

With the SOS Children’s Villages concept, our organisation pioneered a family approach to the long-term care of orphaned and abandoned children. This concept is based on four principles

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 her 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 really 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 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.

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