At the root of SOS Children's Villages, a simple and generous idea: to recover the happiness of growing up together in a family unit for brothers and sisters who cannot live with their parents.
More than 55 years after its founding, the SOS Villages d'Enfants project was developed to permanently respond to changes in the requirements of children. A strong principle which is based around priority actions:
1) Welcoming isolated children without parental support. Young orphans, abandoned or separated from their parents for their own protection are at the heart of SOS Villages d'Enfants activity. In the SOS children's villages, children are supported within a family house where they grow up with their brothers and sisters. The children are also supported by a multi-disciplinary education team (director, service manager, teachers, psychologists and caregivers...) In France and throughout the world, each SOS children's village has 10 to 15 family homes. They receive between 5 and 12 children and their SOS mother. The family homes form a village which is integrated perfectly in their environment.
2) Preventing abandonment and supporting families. SOS Villages d'Enfants develops family promotion programmes: the children are fed, cared for and educated. Support is offered to parents, to encourage independence of the family and maintenance of the family unit. These family promotion programmes involve the commitment of adults, as part of a limited partnership.
3) Educating and caring. In many areas of the world where education infrastructures are inadequate or non-existent, the association builds schools and children's gardens to give children the means to become independent and to ensure a future. The organisation works for the prevention and health of children in the SOS villages and surrounding families: Maternal and Child welfare, clinics, medical care, family planning...