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SOS Children's Villages

Managing Director: Nicole Nassar
Establishment: 2006
Type: Multi-purpose Fundraising Organization
Focus Region: GULF & MENA
Sectors: Alternative Child Care, Family Strengthening, Education, Health Care, Emergency Relief


SOS Children’s Villages is an international, non-governmental social development organisation that provides care, education and health services to children who have lost or who are at risk of losing parental care. SOS Children's Villages also takes action to improve policies and practices that undermine the well-being these children, their families and communities.


The Gulf Area Office is a branch office of SOS Children’s Villages International and is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It covers six countries: the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Sultanate of Oman, the State of Qatar, the State of Kuwait and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The objective of the Gulf Area Office is to build long-term strategic partnerships for the benefit of children and to raise awareness of SOS Children’s Villages programmes and impact across the globe and in particular, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The Gulf Area Office works closely with programs in MENA countries and in areas where SOS Children’s Villages runs emergency programs to support operational efforts on the ground. The Gulf Area Office also works with local NGOs, government and humanitarian organizations to improve the situation of children around the world.


Through family strengthening programmes, SOS Children's Villages helps families look after themselves by providing material support, childcare, education, counselling -- whatever is needed so that families can become self-sufficient and stay together. In this way can we ensure that children are not abandoned and that they can grow up with dignity and security in their own families.

SOS Children's Villages' family strengthening programmes very much rely on work with the communities and volunteer work. In this way, local decision-makers are involved and objective needs analyses are carried out when the decision is made as to which families need what help. Social networks can develop, which local people can carry on and support on a long-term basis without assistance from SOS Children's Villages.


SOS Children's Villages places central value on education and works to provide educational assistance to children participating in our programmes and vulnerable children and young people in the communities we work in. This can include cooperating with and supporting existing public or – in countries where public education is often inadequate due to a lack of state assistance and financial funds - assisting with private school fees, uniforms and school supplies.

Focus areas are early childhood development, vocational training and quality primary and secondary education.


Access to good quality health care is every child's right. SOS Children's Villages associations and our partners are working to ensure that communities have the resources and knowledge to provide their children with quality health care.


SOS Children's Villages' emergency response teams have helped in more than 120 emergency situations around the world. Our long-standing relationships with local authorities, proven infrastructure and logistics, local cultural knowledge, and trust and recognition as a reliable partner enable us to deliver fast relief and effectively support humanitarian agencies and state governments.


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