SOS Children’s Villages Celebrates Its #70YearsImpact
Last April 25 marked the 70th year of SOS Children’s Villages in reaching over 4 million children in need and making a developmental impact to 135 countries around the world.
About 250 thousand orphaned, abandoned, and neglected children were given new homes and families. And 3.7 million vulnerable children with their families were supported with livelihood programs, education, and healthcare to prevent family breakdown.
Seventy years ago, SOS Children’s Villages was established by Hermann Gmeiner in Imst, Austria to provide alternative care to children orphaned by World War II. He believed that giving back to the children the family that they once lost would give them a better chance in life, and help them recover from their losses.
Today, SOS Children’s Villages operates in 135 countries with 572 children’s villages housing 70 thousand children and young adults, and 574 family strengthening programs supporting 330 thousand children in their families.
Here in the Philippines, there are 8 children’s villages spread across the country providing homes to over 800 children. “Since the first children’s village was established here in Lipa, Batangas in 1967, SOS has become a big family to thousands of Filipino children. As a family we celebrated our 70th year by commemorating our late founder, Herman Gmeiner, and the impact that SOS has made that changed many lives. And we are all looking forward to more years of helping children in need,” said Gemma Goliat, National Director of SOS Children’s Villages Philippines.
Know more about SOS Children’s Villages and how you can help give homes to Filipino children who lost parental care by visiting their website at www.sosphilippines.org. For inquiries, you may call (02) 867-7888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.