What we do?
At the Israeli Society of SOS Children’s Villages we are committed to the welfare of children - and to strengthening families and communities as a preventive measure in the fight against abandonment and social neglect. We work for children from all over Israel , 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:
Our family approach in the SOS Children’s Villages is based on four principles
Each child needs a mother, and grows up most naturally with brothers and sisters, in their own house, within a supportive village environment.
We ensure that children receive the education and skills training they need to be successful and contributing members of society.
We help them shape their own futures. We enable children to live according to their own culture and religion, and to be active members of the community.
We help children to recognise and express their individual abilities, interests and talents. We ensure that children receive the education and skills training they need to be successful and contributing members of society.
We share in the development of their communities. We share in community life and respond to the social development needs of society’s most vulnerable children and young people. We establish facilities and programmes that aim to strengthen families and prevent the abandonment of children.
We join hands with community members to provide education and health care, and respond to emergencies.
What we want for the world’s children?
Every child belongs to a family and grows with love, respect and security.
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.
Every child grows with love
Through love and acceptance, emotional wounds are healed and confidence is built. Children learn to trust and believe in themselves and others. With this self-assurance each child can recognise and fulfil his or her potential.
Every child grows with respect.
Each child’s voice is heard and taken seriously. Children participate in making decisions that affect their lives and are guided to take a leading role in their own development. The child grows with respect and dignity as a cherished member of his or her family and society.
Every child grows with security.
Children are protected from abuse, neglect and exploitation and are kept safe during natural disaster and war. Children have shelter, food, health care and education. These are the basic requirements for the sound development of all children.
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. With a sensitive yet confident approach we are determined to question, learn and take action for children around the world.
Commitment: We keep our promises.
We are dedicated to helping generations of children have a better life. We do this by nurturing lasting relationships with our donors, our co-workers and the communities in which we are rooted. We believe that by making a long-term commitment we have a meaningful and sustainable impact.
Trust: We believe in each other.
We believe in each other’s abilities and potential. We support and respect one another, and build an environment where we can approach our responsibilities with confidence. In an atmosphere of trust we are inspired to share our experiences and learn from each other.
Accountability: We are reliable partners.
Since 1949 we have built a foundation of trust with donors, governments, and other partners who support us in our mission. Our greatest responsibility is guaranteeing the well-being of children by ensuring high standards of care. In doing this we are committed to using all funds and resources wisely, with respect and accountability.