SOS Children’s Villages Armenia
“SOS-Children’s Villages” Armenian Charity Foundation is a non-profit, non-Governmental organisation aimed at supporting the children without parental care and children of families in difficult circumstances. The organisation was founded in 1989 in response to the devastating earthquake of December 1988. In 1990 Children’s Village in Kotayk opened its doors for the children who had lost their parents as a result of it. It was the first SOS children’s village in the territory of post-soviet countries. SOS Kindergarten was built in 1994 to provide preschool quality education for children from SOS families and the neighbouring communities. In 2001 the first Youth Facility was established in Yerevan and in the following years two more Youth Care Facilities were founded.
In 2009, the second children’s village of Armenia was established in Idjevan. Today, the activity of the SOS Children’s Villages Armenian Charity Foundation includes the child care and family strengthening community services, as well as a wide range of educational projects. Besides, the foundation is involved in improvement of child protection system through implementation of national programmes.
SOS Children’s Villages International
SOS Children’s Villages was founded in Austria by Hermann Gmeiner in 1949. Having experienced the horrors of war himself as a soldier in Russia, he was then confronted with the isolation and suffering of the many war orphans and homeless children as a child welfare worker after the end of the Second World War. In his unswerving conviction that help can never be effective as long as the children have to grow up without a home of their own, he set about implementing his idea for SOS Children's Villages.
With just 600 Austrian Schillings (approx. 40 US Dollars) in his pocket Hermann Gmeiner established the SOS Children's Village Association in 1949, and in the same year the foundation stone was laid for the first SOS Children's Village in Imst, in the Austrian Tyrol. In 1960s SOS Children's Villages International was established as the umbrella organisation for all SOS Children's Villages associations. With the support of many donors and co-workers, our organisation has grown to help children all over the world.