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 The SOS Children's Villages Kenya is a member of SOS - Kinderdorf International, the largest private welfare organization for children in the world. Over 500 000 children benefit from the various residential, educational and developmental programmes operating in 135 countries.

SOS - Kinderdorf International began in 1949 when the founder Hermann Gmeiner built the first Children's Village in Imst, Austria.He was committed to helping children in need - children who had lost their homes, their security and their families as a result of the Second World War. With the support of many donors and co-workers, our organisation has grown to help children all over the world.

Our Work

In Kenya, the first SOS Children’s Village was opened in 1973 in Buru Buru, Nairobi.  Additional SOS Children’s Villages were subsequently built in Mombasa (1979), Eldoret (1990), Meru (2005) and the latest village in Kisumu was opened in 2012. 

Additionally, SOS Children’s Villages Kenya runs Kindergartens, Primary Schools, a Secondary School, Medical Centres, a Youth Vocational Training Centre as well as Community Development Programmes in different locations across the country. 

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.


What we do 

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

We build families for children in need

  • We work for children who are orphaned, abandoned or whose families are unable to care for them. We give these children the opportunity to build lasting relationships within a family.


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

Every child belongs to a family

Family is the heart of society. Within a family each child is protected and enjoys a sense of belonging. Here, children learn values, share responsibilities and form life-long relationships. A family environment gives them a solid foundation on which to build their lives.


What keeps us strong 

These are the core beliefs and attitudes on which our organisation has been built, and they are the cornerstones of our success. These enduring values guide our actions, decisions and relationships as we work towards fulfilling our mission. 

Courage: We take action

We have challenged traditional methods of orphan care and continue to pioneer innovative child-care approaches. We help children who have no one else to turn to.