By entering your photos into the CEWE Photo Award 2021, you'll be doing something good. For each photo submitted, CEWE will donate ten euro cents to SOS Children's Villages - a sustainable investment in the next generation, in social stability and in the future of our beautiful world.
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About the organisation
SOS Children's Villages is an independent, non-governmental and interdenominational relief organisation for children, which is active worldwide. It has set itself the task of accompanying abandoned and suffering children into a better future.
In 1949 Hermann Gmeiner built the first SOS Children's Village in Imst, Austria. He realized an idea that was as simple as it was groundbreaking: every child needs a mother and grows up most naturally with siblings in their own home within a village community. This family-educational approach made the SOS Children's Villages pioneers in childcare and in the following decades they gained recognition all over the world.
Friends and sponsors in Germany: the backbone of the worldwide SOS work
When the first SOS Children's Village outside Europe was established in Korea in 1963, Hermann Gmeiner founded an association in Germany to promote SOS Children's Villages all over the world: SOS Children's Villages Worldwide - Hermann Gmeiner Fund Germany e.V. The association has developed into the financial backbone of the international children's relief organisation.
Thanks to the support of its many friends and sponsors, SOS Children's Villages have been built all over the world, giving a home to children in need. Today there are 572 SOS Children's Villages worldwide and over 2100 other projects. As a children's charity, it contributes to the sustainable development of communities in poor countries: through educational work and self-help projects for families. In addition, it carries out emergency aid campaigns after natural disasters and in crisis areas. Today, its worldwide work benefits around 1.5 million people: children, young people and family members.
Active in over 130 countries
SOS Children's Villages is a relief organisation for children in need, which is active in 137 countries today. The organisation consists of a network of over a hundred associations that has grown over decades, each of which is rooted in its own country and united under a common roof. The worldwide success of the SOS Children's Villages is based on the combination of autonomous local responsibility, global action and a simple, timeless concept.