SOS Children's Villages UK

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A girl from an SOS Children's Village in Lebanon

SOS Children (registered with the Charity Commission as SOS Children's Villages UK) is a child sponsorship charity based in Cambridge in the United Kingdom. It is part of the international group SOS Children's Villages - the largest international charity group dedicated to the care of orphaned and abandoned children.

SOS Children's Villages, the international charity, works in 133 countries and territories. It's slogan is "a loving home for every child". Programmes include SOS Children's Villages which are communities that offer a new family home for orphaned and abandoned children, and family strengthening services which foster community development and help to prevent child abandonment.[1] The charity is non-denominational and works in the spirit of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Since 1995, SOS Children's Villages has worked with the United Nations to help governments and organisations support children who have lost or are at risk of losing parental care. In 2009, the charity worked with other experts to develop the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children.[2]

The charity's UK registered number is 1069204. It is registered under the working names "SOS Children" and "World Orphan Week" with the Charity Commission.

Supporters and Ambassadors[edit]

Supporters include Stephen Hawking, Alexander McCall Smith, Anyika Onuora, Richard Attenborough, Kate Humble and Wayne Rooney.[3][4]

Angelina Jolie is a long-term supporter and has visited SOS Children's Villages in Haiti, Ethiopia and Jordan.[5][6][7]

Nelson Mandela was a supporter of SOS Children's work in South Africa and officially opened the SOS Children's Village in Cape Town.[8] Upon his death in December 2013, SOS Children's Villages joined in memorials to celebrate his life.[9] The Dalai Lama supports SOS Children, particularly the SOS Children's Villages in North India, which provide a home for child refugees from Tibet.[10]

International Ambassador, as of April 2014, is Belgian footballer Vincent Kompany.[11]

Our Africa[edit]

In 2011 SOS Children created a new web site "Our Africa" [12] which won the New Media category of the One World Media Awards.[13][14] Our Africa is an educational site with many short videos and articles created to celebrate 40 years of SOS Children's work in Africa. Many of the videos are devised and filmed by children across Africa.

Wikipedia for Schools[edit]

Since 2006, SOS Children has produced a offline selection from Wikipedia, based around the UK national curriculum and targeted at a school-age audience. The project was initially aimed at schools in the developing world, where internet access is often limited, but has also proved popular in developed countries as well. This is partly because all content is checked to ensure suitability for children and relevance to the classroom, making it safe for use in schools. As well as being an offline resource available on USB memory stick, it is also available online. It was last updated in 2013.

Trustees[edit]

Current trustees are Mary Cockcroft (Chairman),George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews, Michael Brewer, Graham Budd, Michael Riding, Ayesha Khan, Matthew de Villiers, and Thomas Bauer.[15]

When chairman of SOS Children, Dickson Mabon attempted to arrange the construction of Children's Villages in Scotland. However, he was refused permission to build the Villages on planning grounds by the local authorities concerned.[16]

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