children are invisible.


Having someone who loves you and protects you when you are a child is not a given.

Everywhere, children are neglected, abandoned, orphaned, abused, on the move. These children who lack adequate parental care live in a blindspot where their needs and rights are unfulfilled, in the indifference of society.

This year we celebrate the anniversary of two international agreements that commit governments to care and protect children all over the world – the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children.

SOS Children’s Villages International is setting up a global campaign to build on the momentum and put invisible children in the spotlight, so that they receive the necessary care and protection to thrive.

Thanks for showing interest by landing on this page. With this small action you have contributed to making these children visible. You have also given important feedback to us to move in the right direction. More on the campaign will be available in September at www.sos-childrensvillages.org

About SOS Children's Villages

SOS Children's Villages is the world’s largest non-governmental organisation focused on supporting children and young people without parental care, or at risk of losing it. Founded in 1949 as a non-denominational organisation, today we have a presence in 136 countries and territories.

Our work is anchored in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children. We operate more than 2,600 locally led programmes, directly reaching more than a million children, young people and families. We partner with donors, communities, governments and other organisations to reach the children and young people who need support, and we advocate for governments to uphold their obligations with regard to children’s rights.

Our Impact

Since 1949, SOS Children’s Villages has directly supported about four million children. By helping to break the cycle of separation and abandonment, when they grow up and have children themselves, the support SOS Children’s Villages provided to these four million children has an indirect effect on the lives of a second generation. Between 1949 and 2019, an estimated nine million children and grandchildren have benefitted from this generational effect. Since 1949 there have been a total of 13 million lives affected by the work of SOS Children’s Villages.