SOS Children’s Villages Bangladesh, a non-governmental organization with a legacy spanning over five decades, continues to be a steadfast advocate for orphaned, abandoned, and vulnerable children in Bangladesh. Established in Austria in 1949 and operating in Bangladesh since 1972, SOS Children’s Villages Bangladesh has become a symbol of unwavering commitment to providing a loving and supportive environment for children in need.
In a world where institutional care often falls short, SOS Children’s Villages Bangladesh stands out for its unique family-centered approach. The organization firmly believes that every child deserves a loving home and an equal opportunity to thrive. At the heart of their work are four core principles: Child, Parent, Family, and Community. These principles underpin their holistic approach to child care, ensuring that each child is respected, nurtured, and given the chance to grow within a supportive family and community.
One of SOS Children’s Villages Bangladesh’s flagship initiatives is the SOS Family Care program. In this long-term family care model, children receive the love and care of an SOS mother, ensuring their well-being, health, and access to quality education until they become self-sufficient. This family-based approach keeps biological siblings together, fostering lifelong bonds.
Additionally, the organization is committed to strengthening biological families through its Family Strengthening Program. By offering financial, medical, and nutritional support, as well as skills training for employment, vulnerable parents receive the assistance they need to provide a stable and loving environment for their children.
Education is at the forefront of SOS Children’s Villages Bangladesh’s mission. The organization operates Hermann Gmeiner Schools/Colleges across the country, providing top-notch education and scholarships to deserving students. Furthermore, Early Childhood Care and Development Centers offer a strong foundation for young children, setting them on a path to a brighter future.
To empower youth and break the cycle of poverty, SOS Children’s Villages Bangladesh offers Employment and Entrepreneurship Training through Vocational Training Centers and Youth Villages. These programs equip young individuals with valuable skills and support their integration into society as productive citizens.
In times of crisis, SOS Children’s Villages Bangladesh steps up with its Emergency Response program, aimed at mitigating risks for children and providing essential support to those in need.
The organization’s commitment to innovation is evident through its ICT for Development initiative, providing access to information and digital literacy to young people, creating opportunities for learning and networking.
To sustain its impactful work, SOS Children’s Villages Bangladesh relies on the generosity of individuals, committed donors, and corporate partnerships. The organization’s fundraising efforts, including Zakat campaigns, aim to ensure that every child can grow up in a family with love, respect, and security.
Over the years, SOS Children’s Villages Bangladesh has achieved significant milestones, including the successful integration of children into society through SOS Family Care, the education of thousands of students, and support for over 43,000 children in various programs.
SOS Children’s Villages Bangladesh remains dedicated to its vision of “Every child belongs to a family and grows with love, respect, and security.” By building families for children in need, helping them shape their futures, and contributing to the development of their communities, the organization continues to be a beacon of hope for the most vulnerable children in Bangladesh.
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