Where are they now?

We call them 'SOS alumni'. They are the people who grew up with the support of SOS Children’s Villages. Their inspiring stories are a testament to the lasting impact of our unique model of family-like care, which we first developed nearly 70 years ago. 

Masresha, Ethiopia

Masresha grew up at the SOS Children's Village in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. Today she is an English teacher and strives to help vulnerable children.

My SOS family has created a good foundation for who I am today. I have been equipped with the necessary skills I need, and I believe so have the other young people”, she recalls.

Masresha’s goal for the future is to found her own organisation to help empower girls and women.

Amul, Nepal

Amul lost his mother when he was nine years old and grew up at the SOS Children’s Village Kavre in Nepal. Years later, he is a photojournalist whose picture of a baby boy rescued from a collapsed home due to the earthquake that shook Nepal in 2015 was published around the world. He still remembers his SOS mother very fondly.

"My SOS mother always stood next to me, encouraged me to correct any wrongdoing, and motivated me. She was the person behind my success. I still remember her words: 'Whatever you do, give one hundred percent. Believe in yourself.'"

 

Magaly, Peru

Magaly first arrived at the SOS Children's Village Arequipa at the age of five. At 22, she is on course to complete her studies and to qualify as a primary school teacher. 

"I received so much support at SOS Children’s Villages. I think I needed them the most when I was a little girl. When I first arrived at the Village, I met my mum. She is a friend to me," says Magaly. 

In the future, Magaly plans to complete a psychology course to assist children from troubled backgrounds.

British, Zimbabwe

British grew up in the SOS Children’s Village Bulawayo. He and his three siblings arrived there when he was 10 years old. Today, British and his wife are living their dream as the musical duo of “Stango and Nongoma”. 

“I’m a living of example of the impact of SOS Children’s Villages,” he added. “If it was not for SOS, I wouldn’t be here. Never mind the music. If I never went to school, where was I going to get the confidence I needed in life?"

Monika, Bulgaria

Monika Ivanova is a young aspiring film-maker living in Sofia, Bulgaria

"One of the reasons I decided to study film was that growing up in an SOS Children's Village, there were always a lot of stories to tell around me", she says.
 
Encouraged by her SOS mother to pursue her passion and interests, Monika was particularly drawn to film production, a career she is now pursuing.