The first SOS Children's Village was founded by Hermann Gmeiner, an Austrian philanthropist , in 1949 in Imst, Austria. Since then, the organization has been active and expanding throughout the world. At present, SOS Children's Villages is active in over 133 countries with over 500 SOS Children's Villages and 400 SOS Youth Facilities striving for the welfare of the children in need of care and protection.
In India, the organization caters to over 24,000 children and there are 32 SOS Children's Villages in 22 states in India.
As an independent non-governmental social development organization:
- We take action for children in need of care and protection.
- We respect varying religions and cultures, and we work in communities where our mission can contribute to development.
- We work in the spirit of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and we promote these rights through our flagship programmes, namely the Family Based Care and the Family Strengthening Programme.