The first SOS Children's Village was founded in Tyrol, Austria, in 1949, in the aftermath of the Second World War. The founder, Mr. Hermann Gmeiner, a child welfare worker, was devastated by the large numbers of orphaned and abandoned children. He believed they urgently needed a home that provides love and security


The SOS idea and educational concept have proven to be the first best alternative to a natural family worldwide. Today, there are SOS Children's Villages on all five continents; more than 440 SOS Children's Villages spread out in 135 countries, including nine Arab countries

The family-based child care model of the SOS Children's Villages

is based on four principles, essential to the safe development of every child

4 SOS Children's Villages deployed all over the Lebanese territories

Bhersaf (Metn); Sferai (South); Kfarhay (North); Ksarnaba (Bekaa) In addition, to the one youth home for young men between the ages of 15 and 18 located in the city of Byblos


The Mother at SOS Children's Villages

Each SOS child has an SOS mother. She is the primary caregiver who lives with her SOS children and secures the homey atmosphere they were deprived of

The Siblings at SOS Children's Villages

Each SOS child has SOS brothers and sisters. They share the joys of family life and build lifelong relationships with each other

The House  at SOS Children's Villages

Each SOS child lives in an SOS"home.". Home is where the children grow up within their families like any regular family, sharing meals around the dining room table, watching television in the evening, and going to sleep at night in a warm, cozy bed.

The Village of SOS Children's Villages

The children grow up in an SOS village. This is where the children build their first experience towards a healthy social life. In the village, the children receive the support and assistance of the village director and a specialized pedagogical team.

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