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Sponsor an orphan

Smiling girl at CV Piliyandala, Sri LankaWhen a child is left alone in the world, they are vulnerable to a host of risks and dangers. That's why, for many, sponsoring an orphan is the preferred form of child sponsorship. 

Sponsoring a child without parental care can transform the life of a boy or girl with no one else. Of the many charities that offer sponsorship of orphaned and abandoned children, SOS Children is the largest, working in over 125 countries in five continents. Globally, we care for more than 60,000 children. This is all possible thanks to people like you who sponsor a child.

How does child sponsorship work? 

Children lose parental care for many reasons, including natural disaster, disease, poverty, and conflict. When they do, SOS Children works closely with local authorities to find the best, permanent care solution for them.

We provide a new family home for children in SOS Children's Villages. These are special communities where orphaned and abandoned children live in family units, known as SOS families. Each SOS family is headed by a dedicated SOS mother, who lovingly cares and supports a small group of children. Living in the same household, the children become SOS siblings and often maintain family bonds for life.      

"Now that I live at the SOS Children's Village, I not only have a mother, but also my SOS brothers and sisters, and especially my sister Martha, who is also very happy here. My family makes me stronger each and every day." 

- Jose, who now lives in SOS Children's Village Morelia, Mexico

Each child in an SOS Children's Village has up to 12 sponsors, who help ensure they receive all they need to flourish: a warm, safe home, a supportive family, quality education, and excellent healthcare.


Becoming an SOS child sponsor online is easy and makes a real difference to the life of a child in need.