SOS Children's Villages - USA, Inc.

Rating: 4.57 stars   23 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Human Services, International

Location: 1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 1250 Washington DC 20036 USA

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

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 13-6188433
1-888-SOS-4543

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Rating: 5 stars  

There are thousdands of charities out there, but SOS Children's Villages is really special. I sponsor two children - one in Africa and one in Nicaragua, and I sponsor a village in Russia. Each sponsorship is $35 a month, which is nothing, that's practically $1 a day. So, with three sponsorships, I spend $3 a day to literally change lives of children who were orphaned or abandoned. I am giving these children a real home with brothers and sisters, an education, and the chance to live happy, healthy and productive lives. I am giving these children a childhood. I am grateful to SOS Children's Villages for the opportunity to be part of their work around the world. Check out their website and their YouTube channel and you will see what an amazing job they do raising these children. Google "SOS Children's Village Rwanda Happy video" and you will see the children dancing to Pharrell Williams Happy song. Their happiness is genuine. As a sponsor, I help make that possible. Thank you SOS. You are awesome!

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2014

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

This non-profit organization is very helpful to vulnerable children. I am personally associated with them and first hand can testify to the wonderful work they are doing for these children. These children are been help to be self sufficient, better person for society; by the care, interest taking and provided by each and every member of this organization. The children are shown love just like they are the care persons own biological family, they make it a loving family environment.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A friend from Sri Lanka told me about SOS Children's Villages. I'd wanted to make some kind of contribution to the world's needy children and this organization seemed to be one of the best. Last year my husband and I signed up and requested to help a deserving female child in Africa. We were assigned a four year old from Mozambique. She appeared shy in her photo and I can't wait to see how a year at one of the villages has changed her. Her birthday is in October, and we will again make a special contribution to a fund which is kept just for her, so that when she is ready to leave SOS Children's Villages she can go to college or start a business or some other good purpose. We hope to follow her for many years, and although we'll probably never meet her photo is displayed with our family's. It's simple, and not expensive to help change a life....just do it. Eileen Crivelli

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Thank you so much for your beautiful review! We are so happy you are enjoying your sponsorship and can't wait for you to receive the next update from her! You are changing her life with your support and she will have you to thank once she's grown up for being a key part of her life. At SOS-USA, we love our sponsors! A huge and heartfelt thank you to you and your husband from the SOS Team! <3 You are amazing.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I worked at SOS Herman Gmeiner International College (HGIC) in Tema, Ghana for one year. I taught English to students who came from all over the African continent to study at the school. The SOS mission drove the educational system and the students were SO PROUD to be a part of the program.

While teaching at HGIC, I also lived in the SOS Village. I loved the joyful and protective environment that gave each child a place to grow and thrive.

I continue to donate monthly to the organization, and I keep in touch with many of my former students from HGIC who are now attending universities in three different countries.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand its educational system to more countries.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Jenna. I have had the privilege of helping sponsor a villiage in Gambia. I have been overjoyed getting letters and emails with pictures and updates on the villiage. I searched and found one lady on facebook. I am not quite sure how often, or regular she is on the internet. I could see how the community incorporates arts and education, and had water and food. I could not be more thankful for the opportunity to be apart of this growing and evolving community. I always wanted to have a purposeful path. And I have in turn received a feeling of being part of a burgeoning world and being part a family in another country far away from South Texas. I have spoken on the phone to the people in DC involved in SOS and they could not be nicer. And the people in the community are full of such love and strength and commitment to a larger purpose.
Looking forward to seeing the SOS grow and continue help our children grow.
XOXO

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Thank you so much for your support and your beautiful review. We couldn't be happier to have you as one of our AMAZING sponsors. You are changing lives every day with your support and we are honored to have you as part of our #SOSFamily. Have a beautiful day!

Rating: 4 stars  

I helped SOS Children's Villages India (Kolkata) spread the word about their work and efforts toward helping children without a family find safety, security, home, family, joy and a future!
Their work is remarkable and I truly believe in their model where a child is able to grow up in a family unit, and is able to receive care and affection in addition to basic necessities of life. I vote for SOS!

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

Thank you Paromita for your work in Kolkata! We couldn't do it without passionate people like you. Thank you for your kindness!

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I have been a an SOS Child in Bethlehem - West Bank. SOS provided me with everything necessary to grow and build up my future. Now I am a Lawyer who tries to defend children in my country.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would call Issa Akkawi founder of Children's Villages extended family (A Family without boarders) to arrange with him getting any experiences come out of Former SOS Children and dedicate them to be a good example to FBC & FS in any SOS program.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

SOS is the best home for the child who have noone in this world. It provides such a good home for a child, let him feel a family, educates him and take care of their needs. It does all the things which is necessary for a child to rise in his life. It had changed life of thousands of childs. It is the best. I have no words to describe how much effort it has done to help a child in need.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Thank you Abina for your nice words! Your support has made the world of a difference. Thank you for supporting us and we hope to continue having you by our side in supporting children and youth!

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

SOS family based child care is a unique way of supporting children who are in need for care and protection. I have worked with SOS India, 23 long years (1989 to 2012) to testify and guarantee its output. I am still a sponsor with SOS India and I am happy with the sponsor communication system of the organisation. Be part of an international quality Child Care Programme. Best wishes - Santhiraj Kolengaden

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Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

I was introduced to this charity in my childhood in Germany, and have continued my support wherever I lived (UK & USA). The SOS idea of providing a home with a mother and siblings is unique, as SOS is very culturally aware, relationship based, and does not stipulate any religious affiliation. These factors have become very important to me as I entered the child care field and gained a better understanding of what makes children thrive. Once married, we decided to sponsor a child. That was more than 25 years ago. We were provided with details of a 10 year old Tibetan boy living in India. We saw him grow into a young man and succeed in gaining a college education until he aged out of the system in his twenties. We formed a bond through letters back and forth and considered him part of our family. We continued our sponsorship with a new child from Kenya and added another from Bolivia. We have come to the conclusion that taking an interest in children who are disadvantaged by the economic circumstances of their country of birth, and being able to play a small part in providing a loving home and an education for them, is a rewarding experience without equal. Being able to meet some of these children in the future, would be the icing on the cake.

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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