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Welcome to SOS Children's Villages Lebanon

SOS Children's Villages Lebanon is a non-governmental non-profit social development National Association and a member of the International Federation of SOS Children's Villages (SOS CV) which is an umbrella organization for 136 national SOS CV associations in the world among them are 9 Arab countries. We are part of the world’s largest practitioner movement for supporting the right of the children who are deprived of parental care or at risk of losing it by providing them with family-based care and preventing child abandonment through our Family Strengthening Program (FSP). These 2 programs complement each other to take care of vulnerable less fortunate children.

Our mission and vision

Our Mission

We build families for children in need.
We help them shape their futures.
We participate in the development of their communities.

Our Vision

We believe that every child has the right to live within a family and to grow in a loving and secure environment.
 

History of SOS Children's Villages

"All the children of the world are our children" -Hermann Gmeiner, founder of SOS Children's Villages.

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. Since then, 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 in all five continents; more than 440 SOS Children's Villages spread out in 135 countries, including nine Arab countries.

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Philosophy of the founder

SOS Children's Villages Lebanon has upheld the philosophy of the founder of SOS Children's Villages, Hermann Gmeiner, by continuing to provide expertise in childcare, with an increased focus on supporting communities and preventing family breakdown.

Support from SOS Children's Villages Lebanon means that a child grows up in a loving home within their biological family through our Family Strengthening Program or in an SOS family in one of the four SOS Children's Villages in Lebanon through our family-based care program.

SOS Children's Villages believes that every child has the right to have a loving family and obtain the best possible care according to their situation. Throughout our work, we have the child's best interest at heart.

 

Our child care model

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:

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

The House - 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 - 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.

 

SOS Children's Villages Lebanon

There are currently four SOS Children's Villages deployed all over the Lebanese territories:

  • SOS Children's Village Bhersaf (Metn), founded in 1969.
  • SOS Children's Village Sferai (South), founded in 1981.
  • SOS Children's Village Kfarhay (North), founded in 1995.
  • SOS Children's Village Ksarnaba (Bekaa), founded in 2006.

In addition, there is one youth home for young men between the ages of 15 and 18 located in the city of Byblos.

SOS Children's Villages Lebanon also runs two social centers, the SOS Social Center in Beirut that extends its services to all Lebanese areas except for the Bekaa Valley, which has its social center. The social center in Beirut is home to an artisanal crafts' workshop, where ladies who are heads of their households work and earn their living.
The SOS social center of Ksarnaba, the Bekaa, includes a kindergarten, dental clinic, and a Mother and Child Health Care Unit serving the children of the Ksarnaba village, the families included in the Family Strengthening Program, and the surrounding community

 

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