SOS Children's Villages UK
|Founded at||Lavender Hill, London, United Kingdom|
|Type||Charitable organisation, Member of international federation SOS Children's Villages|
|Focus||Alternative care for children who cannot live with their parents|
|Headquarters||Cambridge, United Kingdom|
Chief Executive Officer
|Mission||To ensure every child grows up with love, respect and security|
SOS Children's Villages UK, also referred to as "SOS Children", 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.
Internationally, SOS Children's Villages works in 134 countries and territories, of which it provides services in 125. Its 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. The charity is non-denominational and works in the spirit of the United Nations 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.
The charity's UK registered number is 1069204. It is registered under the working names "SOS Children" and "World Orphan Week" (a fundraising event held once a year) with the Charity Commission.
Supporters and Ambassadors
Nelson Mandela was a supporter of SOS Children's work in South Africa and officially opened the SOS Children's Village in Cape Town. Upon his death in December 2013, SOS Children's Villages joined in memorials to celebrate his life. The Dalai Lama supports SOS Children, particularly the SOS Children's Villages in North India, which provide a home for child refugees from Tibet.
In 2011 SOS Children created a new web site "Our Africa" which won the New Media category of the One World Media Awards. 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
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.
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.
- Our Work
- UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children
- Our Friends
- Our Ambassadors
- video of Angelina Jolie visiting an SOS Children's Village in Haiti
- Reuters:Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt Donate $150,000 to SOS Children's Villages
- Angelina Jolie visits SOS Children's Village in Haiti
- SOS Children's Village Cape Town
- http://www.soschildrensvillages.org.uk/news/archive/2013/12/children-in-south-africa-pays-tribute-to-nelson-mandela SOS South Africa pays tribute to Nelson Mandela
- The Dalai Lama celebrates 50th anniversary of helping Tibetan children
- Vincent Kompany joins SOS Children as International Ambassador
- Our Africa web site: Children across Africa have made films to show you what life is like in their own countries.
- cambridge-news.co.uk:A winner out of Africa
- Televisual:One World Media Awards: the winners
- List of current trustees on SOS Children's website
- The Telegraph Newspaper: J Dickson Mabon Obituary
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