• Board of Directors

  • Robert Baird, Jr.

  • Michel Lagarde

    Vice Chairman and Treasurer
  • David Mitchell

    Governance Chair
  • Keith G. DuVernay

    Florida Representative
  • Rose Lynch

    Board Member
  • Halvor Stenstadvold

    Board Member
  • Peter Völker

    Board Member

SOS Children’s Villages exists to provide each and every child in its care with the building blocks for a successful life: a happy childhood in a stable home, a good education, quality health care, and loving bonds that last a lifetime. We are able to do this through the generosity of individuals, foundations, and corporations which share our values and invest in our mission.

In 2013, we did not waver from that goal, continuing to build a safer world for more than 82,000 orphaned and abandoned children through our SOS Villages and programs. Our 483 SOS Family Strengthening Programs helped at-risk families work toward economic independence to prevent family dissolution. We reached an additional 1.5 million people through our education, medical, community outreach, and emergency relief programs.

The year was not without challenges. Thankfully, you joined with us when disaster struck, wars raged on, violence escalated and even more children were left to fend for themselves. Our longstanding presence in Syria, the Philippines, Central African Republic, South Sudan, and other countries enabled us to respond as crises emerged.

When Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November and destroyed our village in Tacloban, SOS Mothers comforted and protected their children while SOS workers established emergency Child Care Spaces and economic recovery plans.

At the same time, Syrians continued to flee their homeland as the country’s violent civil war entered its third year. SOS provided food and winter clothing to more than 100,000 Syrians struggling to survive. We helped 16,000 displaced Syrian children return to the classroom and equipped them with essential supplies and support to succeed in school.

In these places and others around the world, SOS Children’s Villages continues to stand as a beacon of hope. Thank you for standing with us and responding so generously to make this life-changing work possible.

This year, children around the world were able to count on you. I look forward to your continued support to help provide a loving home for every child in need.

For the children,

Lynn Croneberger, CFRE
CEO and Child Sponsor

SOS Children’s Villages – USA, Inc.


Year In Review

SOS Children’s Villages celebrated its long standing presence in over 130 countries, announced new programs and rushed to provide emergency assistance in Syria and The Philippines. Our commitment to children, youth and families is stronger than ever.


Celebrating 40 years in Bangladesh

On the 40th anniversary of our presence in Bangladesh, mothers and staff members organized an art competition for children in community schools. Today in Bangladesh there are six SOS Children's Villages, five SOS Youth Facilities, four SOS Hermann Gmeiner Schools, four SOS Vocational Training Centers, six SOS Social Centers and four Family Strengthening Programs.


Battling Cervical Cancer in Kenya

The “Save My Mother” program in Nairobi, Kenya, launched in February, and has been raising awareness of cervical cancer, the most common form of cancer in women. The program helps Kenyan women take proactive measures in the prevention of cancer.


SOS South Korea Celebrates 50 Years

SOS Children's Villages has been active in South Korea since 1963, when founder Hermann Gmeiner first visited the country. His visit, which focused on children who had been orphaned and abandoned by the Korean War a decade earlier, led to the creation of the first SOS Village in Asia.


World Malaria Day

On the annual celebration of World Malaria Day, SOS joined countless organizations in raising awareness about malaria and recognizing global efforts to control the disease. SOS has always believed that access to health services, both preventive and curative, is essential to ensuring the health of children, families, and communities. Medical centers in underdeveloped areas, such as regions in Africa and South Asia, provide basic health care for free and offer quality care to women and children.


SOS President Visits Kenya and Uganda

Siddhartha Kaul, president of SOS Children’s Villages International, visited SOS Villages and programs in Kenya and Uganda. “The most remarkable thing that struck me was the enthusiasm I found in mothers and young people, despite difficulties they are facing,” Kaul said.


New Syrian Aid Program Begins

SOS launched its Syria Emergency Response Program to care for displaced children and families fleeing the violence of the country’s civil war. The program has already delivered food, clothing, toys and hygiene kits to tens of thousands of refugees.


Mali Children Return Home

It was a great day when 139 children in Mali, along with their SOS Mothers and other staff, were able to go back home after being away for more than a year. In 2011, they were forced to evacuate to our Villages in Southern Mali because of famine and political violence. Today, they are playing and living safely back in their SOS home and community.


Caring for the Innocent in Syria

Amid the Syrian civil war, SOS Children’s Villages Syria managed to provide a total of 60,000 meals in August 2013 to displaced families in Damascus and Aleppo. We also worked to secure schooling for displaced Syrian children.


SOS Children’s Villages Announces post-2015 Development Focus

At the start of the 68th session of the annual UN General Assembly, SOS Children’s Villages made a public call for children’s welfare to be integrated into the core focus of the post-2015 development agenda.


Water Crisis Strikes Senegal

A main pipe from a central water treatment plant that supplied water to most of Dakar, Senegal, burst in October leaving half of the population without water. When the water shortage was announced, SOS Children’s Villages management in Dakar immediately contacted local authorities to establish a temporary response to the crisis.


SOS Village Damaged by Super Typhoon

The SOS Village in Tacloban was seriously damaged by 15-foot waves that flooded the city when Super Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Southeast Asian country. Fortunately, all the children and staff in our Villages made it through the storm safely. Many donors responded generously to provide emergency relief and funds to help rebuild our village in Tacloban.


SOS Establishes Recovery Efforts in the Philippines

Following Typhoon Haiyan, SOS immediately reached out to provide critical relief supplies in the hardest hit communities of the Philippines. Our staff strategized economic recovery plans for local fishermen and established numerous Child Care Spaces which provide a safe haven for children as rebuilding continues.

SOS Children’s Villages

International Highlights

SOS Children's Villages USA

Audited Revenue & Expenses for 2013

It's only possible because of you!

Thanks to our generous supporters and partners, SOS Children’s Villages is able to carry out its mission to provide safe, stable and loving homes to children around the world.

  • Corporate, Foundation, and Organization Support

  • SOS Children’s Villages is fortunate to have many corporate, foundation, and organizational supporters who gave generously in 2013. These partnerships recognize our shared commitment to supporting vulnerable children and families worldwide.

  • Individual Donors & Family Foundations

  • We are pleased to recognize and thank those who gave $5,000 or more to benefit children around the world in 2013. Additional thanks to our sponsors and monthly donors whose ongoing support makes our work possible every day.

  • Village Circle
    $250,000 and Above
  • Hasbro, Inc. supports children living in Villages in Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Romania, and Russia. Donations of toys and games, as well as the time and talents of Hasbro employee volunteers, are helping children worldwide experience the joy of play.

  • Johnson & Johnson funds Children’s Villages and Family Strengthening Programs throughout Sub Saharan Africa. With their support, SOS youth in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Somalia, and Uganda are pursuing careers in nursing, becoming self-reliant adults who contribute to the health of their communities.

  • Procter & Gamble helps SOS children experience the comforts of home. In Russia, support for vulnerable families enhances parenting skills and increases capacity. P&G also funds oral hygiene programs to celebrate healthy and happy smiles in Austria and Spain.

  • Sustainers Circle
    $100,000 - $249,999
  • Genworth Foundation

  • Strengthening Circle
    $50,000 - $99,999
  • Applied Materials Foundation

  • Supporters Circle
    $10,000 - $49,999
  • Alcatel-Lucent Foundation

  • Atrium Innovations

  • Catapult, Inc.

  • GE Power Systems

  • German American Chamber of Commerce South

  • HVL LLC/Douglas Laboratories

  • Independent Order of Odd Fellows

  • SanDisk Corporation

  • Sigma Beta Rho

  • Walmart Foundation

  • Guardian’s Circle
    $100,000 and Above
  • The Harry and Carol Goodman Trust

  • The Hellenic Initiative

  • The Jaharis Family Foundation, Inc.

  • Strengthening Circle
    $50,000 - $99,999
  • The Gertrude Regenspurger Trust

  • Greater Houston Community Foundation (Anonymous)

  • Community Circle
    $25,000 - $49,999
  • Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

  • The Lois and Richard England Family Foundation

  • Mr. and Mrs. David Mitchell

  • Hearth Circle
    $10,000 - $24,999
  • The Angele A. and Leandre F. Contat Trust

  • Robert P. Baird, Jr. and Family

  • The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Roaring Fork Fund

  • Mr. George Fraise

  • Estate of Frieda J. I. Matthewman

  • Estate of Susanna Cox The Lagarde Family

  • Landegger Charitable Foundation, Inc.

  • Oceanic Heritage Foundation

  • Mr. Rupert Wainwright

  • Wells Fargo Private Client Services (Anonymous)

  • Mother’s Circle
    $5,000 - $9,999
  • Mr. Leroy Albert

  • Mr. Vaidas Cikotas

  • Mrs. Madhavi Devagiri

  • Mr. Matthew Hagopian

  • Mrs. Jung Lee

  • Ms. Cindy Levine

  • Ms. Rose Lynch

  • Ms. Jane McKee

  • Mr. Lars Nielsen

  • Mr. Stuart Schaffner

  • Mr. Benjamin Schumaker

  • Mr. Anantharamu Suryanarayana

  • Mrs. Prerna Van De Vall Mr. Christian Zugel

  • *Not including sponsors and monthly donors.

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