Our Programs

Family Like Care

The SOS Children's Villages family-like care strategy emphasizes family relationships; each individual in an SOS family receives a unique supporting identity and a sense of belonging. The bond between the children amongst each other and their SOS caregiver lasts long after they leave the SOS Children's Villages and become independent adults.
Each child joins a family of 5 to 7 brothers and sisters with an SOS caregiver in their own home. The SOS caregiver is responsible for her own family and house, manages her own financial spending and contributes to the balanced development of every child. As professional caregivers, and with the support of the family like care director and the family like care pedagogical team, SOS caregivers provide the best alternative care for the children and relate to them with the same duty and joys of every other biological mother. 

Family Strengthening Programs

In addition to the family-based care program that the children and youth receive directly under our care, SOS Children’s Villages Lebanon also works to strengthen disadvantaged families by supporting caregivers in acquiring specific skills that will help enhance their economic situation.
In 1986, in the midst of the 15 years Lebanese civil war, SOS Children's Villages Lebanon was the first to introduce SOS Family Strengthening Program (FSP) in Lebanon. Later on, this pioneer program was adopted and duplicated worldwide. FSP was a response to the civil war when many children faced the risk of abandonment after they lost their fathers and the mothers did not have the financial means or capacity to support their families on their own.
The SOS Family Strengthening Program has been active for the last 36 years and is implemented through two SOS social centers, in Beirut and Bekaa (Ksarnaba), and currently assists over 700 children and their caregivers in various regions of the country.

Emergency Response Program

In addition to family-based care and family strengthening programs, SOS Children’s Village Lebanon provides short-term emergency assistance in the incidents that affect children and families during crises and catastrophes. Following the Beirut Port blast on August 4, 2020, SOS Lebanon initiated its Emergency Response Program (ERP) that has been functional since then.
Our ERP aims at providing support to children who have lost their parents or primary caregivers due to the explosion. The program also aims at providing group activities focusing on the children’s well-being by establishing child friendly spaces, offering psychosocial support, learning difficulty support, and recreational/ play time activities. In addition, livelihood assistance will be provided to families who have been affected by the explosion. The program also seeks to facilitate access to education by helping families cover related expenses. 


Being a young person today is not easy. The challenges of the labour market and risk of social exclusion are especially high for children and young people who have lost or are at risk of losing parental care. They often lack a strong social support network and positive role models, as well as quality education, skills training, networks and work experience.

For young people without parental care, going through this transition period without adequate support or resources increases their risks of poverty and marginalisation. Finding a job is even more essential to young care leavers, as they do not have the safety net provided to those children growing up with family support and economic security.

YouthCan! is a programme that aims to promote decent work for young people who lost or are at risk of losing parental care. The programme was launched in 2017 by SOS Children’s Villages and partners from the private sector. The implementation in Lebanon started in 2018.