SOS Children's Villages Canada

240-44 Byward Market SQ Ottawa, ON K1N7A2



SOS Children’s Villages is an international children's charity that offers safe and nurturing family homes to over 75,000 orphaned and abandoned children in 134 countries around the world. Through over 550 Children’s Villages, SOS offers orphaned and abandoned children a family and a loving home with a mother to care and support them in a safe environment where their needs for food, health and shelter are met. SOS Children’s Villages also keeps families together through skills training and community development to ensure self sufficiency and prevent child abandonment. Since 1949, SOS Children’s Villages has been guided by a basic principle: a loving home for every child. We are the largest charity working with orphaned and abandoned children. What Makes Us Unique When a child loses everything, SOS Children's Villages is there to give them a family and a home. We raise orphaned and abandoned children and provide them with all the things a normal family would: food, clothing, education, medical care but most of all, hope.


SOS Children's Villages Canada was established in 1969. Its founders were some of Canada's leading public figures, including Chief Justice Emmett Hall, Jeanne Sauve (then a Member of Parliament, later became Governor General), Otto Lang (then a Cabinet Minister) and Gordon Fairweather (a Member of Parliament and later Chair of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. For many years, SOS Children’s Villages Canada was run entirely by volunteers, most notably by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Messner. Born in Austria, the Messners were well acquainted with the work of SOS Children's Villages. As a Director of the Children's Aid Society of Ottawa, Joseph Messner had a long history of working on behalf of children. SOS Children's Villages Canada has grown and evolved into a national office with staff who work across the country and across the globe. SOS Children’s Villages Canada engages Canadians in the work of SOS Children’s Villages internationally, raising money to support SOS Children’s Villages’ work with children in need around the world. As part of this engagement, generous Canadians solely funded the building of an SOS Children’s Village in Ondangwa, Namibia. The building of this SOS Village was completed in August, 2010. SOS Children’s Villages Canada is also working on Family Strengthening Programs in Mali in partnership with CIDA. In addition to its fundraising work, there is an SOS Children’s Village in Surrey, British Columbia, which provides loving homes and family care for up to 25 children in five family houses and also offers community outreach programming. In keeping with SOS Children's Villages' commitment to community, the Village works closely with the British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development and other social service agencies.


Since 1949, SOS Children’s Villages has been guided by a basic principle: a loving home for every child. SOS is the largest charity working with orphaned and abandoned children. Please take a moment to see how you can help make a difference today. Sponsor a child: Sponsor a Village: Make a One-time Gift:


Across the world, SOS Children’s Villages offers loving homes to about 80,000 orphaned and abandoned children. A great deal of our work depends upon the support of volunteers, without them SOS Children's Villages would not be possible. Learn more about how you can help here: