Talk:SOS Children's Villages

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I have had to revert this big block pasted info entry: because although it contains useful info the format etc of a paste like this makes the article very messy. Please could someone incorporate the contents into the article ? --BozMo talk 10:38, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

Please fix quote[edit]

"... from my point of view, nothing in the world is more important that careful and protect a child." Hermann Gmeiner (1919-1986)."

That doesn't make sense. Did whoever wrote this mean " more important than to care for and protect a child"? Could someone source this quote? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:17, 3 September 2007 (UTC)


Yes, the misquote is rather a pity. How about "... is more important than a cared for and protected child"?


According to the website of the organisation, SOS-Kinderdorf International is indeed the name of the international umbrella organisation (not just merely a "secretariat", although the international organisation of course has a secretariat - located in Innsbruck/Vienna). Affiliated with the international organisation, there are over hundred national chapters. ("SOS-Kinderdorf International, the umbrella organisation of all SOS Children's Villages associations"[1])

As the organisation is described specifically as an "international" organisation in the first sentence, it would be natural to include the name of the international organisation. The English name SOS Children's Villages is technically the name of national chapters in some (English-speaking) countries, and used in marketing in the English language as the name of the movement. GVU (talk) 22:04, 18 February 2009 (UTC)

Hmm. Well I think what you have now written (Kinderdorf not Kinderdorf International)is more accurate. The umbrella organisation is exactly a secretariat, the words are the same; it is responsible for membership of the federation, and some admin like fund transfers and the members are autonomous. This at any rate is the way the organisation uses the language. My basis for this is the booklet "Who we are" published by SOS Kinderdorf International in English which clearly self refers to the whole organisation as "SOS Children's Villages" in the introduction by the president and throughout the text. It only uses SOS Kinderdorf International in the address for copies. It is available as a download from their website [2]. --BozMo talk 08:53, 19 February 2009 (UTC)
I have de-bolded to match other articles. In World_Vision the umbrella World Vision International only gets into the section marked "organisational structure" in Save the Children the Alliance is mentioned not in bold but wikilinked. I think it is about right to mention it but not over emphasise it. --BozMo talk 09:07, 19 February 2009 (UTC)

"Over the decades, SOS-Kinderdorf International has grown into a network of well over one hundred associations, and is today active worldwide"[3] It seems, according to the website of the organisation, SOS-Kinderdorf International is used as the name of the global movement, as the legal name of the organisation. The website also mentions that the national chapters enjoy "autonomous local responsibility". It also clearly states that SOS-Kinderdorf International is not per se a secretariat, but the highest body of the organisation, with a President (of the entire movement) etc. (as well as a General Secretariat). GVU (talk) 20:01, 20 February 2009 (UTC)

I suspect that is to do with a website having a lower hierarchy of editorial control than a print format such as the printed "Who we are" booklet. That would be typical for any organisation.--BozMo talk 20:44, 20 February 2009 (UTC)
I have emailed a query on the meaning of the web page you found and asked if it should be aligned with the printed documents. Lets see :)--BozMo talk 20:51, 20 February 2009 (UTC)
Following this query, the wording on the website has been changed from "Over the decades, SOS Kinderdorf International has grown into a network of well over one hundred associations, and is today active worldwide" to "Over the decades, SOS Children's Villages has grown into a network of well over one hundred associations, and is today active worldwide." So this now aligns with the rest of the published material. Thanks for the heads up on the inconsistency. --BozMo talk 09:41, 24 February 2009 (UTC)

Edit with summary which is nonsense[edit]

anyone can nominate for a Nobel.? [4]? The edit comment seems completely wrong, see which makes it rather clear that only a small number of very significant entities and individuals can nominate as far as officially recognised nominations are concerned. 15 nomimnations by governments (or however many) is unusual but on notability I guess a third party would help. --BozMo talk 17:36, 1 February 2010 (UTC)