Who we are

SOS Children’s Villages Zimbabwe is a member of SOS Children’s Villages International, the largest private welfare organisation for children in the world. We take action for children as an independent non-governmental social development organisation. We respect varying religions and cultures, and we work in communities where our mission can contribute to development. We work in the spirit of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and we promote these rights around the world. Our model is based on the family approach to the long term care of orphaned and abandoned children.

Our Vision

Every child belongs to a family and grows with love, respect and security.

Our mission

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

Our Values - What keeps us strong

  • Courage - We take action
  • Commitment - We keep our promises
  • Trust - We believe in each other
  • Accountability - We are reliable partners

Our History

The first SOS Children's Villages association was founded in Austria in 1949, and first SOS Children's Village built in Imst, Austria, by Hermann Gmeiner. Hermann Gmeiner witnessed the suffering of orphaned and abandoned children after World War II and felt that something had to be done to help them. Out of his unswerving conviction, the SOS Children's Village idea was born. Gmeiner noted SOS's unique approach: "What orphaned and abandoned children need first and foremost is a family - a family in which they can develop normally. In 1983, Bindura became home to the first SOS Children's Villages in Zimbabwe. There are three SOS Children's Villages in Zimbabwe - Bindura, Waterfalls (Harare) and Bulawayo. SOS Children's Villages has since grown to become an organisation whose childcare concepts and educational principles are recognized throughout the world. Currently there are 2,000 SOS Children's Village programmes worldwide.

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