SOS Children’s Villages Canada



Founded in Imst, Austria, in 1949, SOS Children’s Villages has since become one of the world’s largest charities dedicated to orphaned, abandoned and other vulnerable children.

Today, in over 560 SOS Children’s Villages globally, our professionally trained, local SOS mothers ensure that every child and young person grows up with the support, education, and life skills necessary for them to reach their full potential.

We also offer tailored support to impoverished, struggling families in over 700 SOS Family Strengthening Programs, providing them with counselling, parenting and professional skills development, education, and health care. 

When disaster strikes, we protect and care for children who are especially vulnerable in times of conflict and crisis. As we are already part of local communities in over 130 countries around the world, we can quickly act to save their lives, protect their rights, and support their families.

We provide quality health care in over 60 health programs to the children in our care, and families from surrounding communities – often where no other medical facilities exist.

We encourage children to actively take part in the decision-making processes that affect their lives and speak up for themselves. By advocating to uphold their rights, all children can become their strongest selves.

Our Impact

We achieved change for 1.28 million people in 138 countries and territories in 2021, ensuring that children in Canada and around the world were safe and healthy, and that families could thrive.

  • 68,000 children and young people cared for in our SOS Children’s Villages.
  • 200,000 children and young people being educated in our schools and employment programs.
  • 300,000 children and their families accessing our quality health care programs.
  • 455,000 children and their families empowered from our family strengthening programs.
  • 190,000 children and their families aided in our emergency response programs.

See what your legacy could be

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Legal Name

SOS Children's Villages Canada

Charity Number

13824 7259 RR0001

How your gift will be used

You may be surprised to realize how incredible a gift in your will can be. People are sometimes thrilled to learn that an apparently modest bequest (even a tiny fraction of their estate) can amount to more money for the children and families in our care than they have donated in their entire lifetime. Bequests are indeed an opportunity for ordinary supporters to make truly extraordinary philanthropic gifts.

If you do decide to make a gift in your will to SOS Children’s Villages Canada, you will transform countless lives beyond your own lifetime. Your bequest – be it grand or even a very small percentage of your estate – is a gesture of pure love extended to a child you will probably never meet. Perhaps that child is yet to be born.

The word philanthropy means “love of humankind.” Surely, those who plan these bequests for some of the world’s most vulnerable and desperate members of society are making the noblest of philanthropic gifts.

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