SOS Children's Villages
"SOS-Children's Villages" Armenian Charity Foundation is a non-profit, Non-Governmental organization aimed at supporting the children devoid of parental care. For these children, the organization provides long-term family based care through Children's Villages.
Following their core policy for the Child Rights to a Family the organization seeks to practice their vision of "Every child belongs to a family and grows with love, respect and security." The ultimate goal is that the children become full members of the community.
SOS-Kinderdorf International is the umbrella organisation of all the SOS-Children's Villages that successfully function in 136 countries in the world. The founder of SOS-Kinderdorf International-Hermann Gmeiner in 1949 established the first SOS Children's Village in the small Tyrolean town of Imst, Austria.
Following the devastating earthquake of 1988 at the initiative and sponsorship of SOS-Kinderdorf International the first SOS-Children's Village was built in Armenia, which started its operation in 1990. It is located in Kotayk Province and is named SOS-CHILDREN'S VILLAGE KOTAYK. The second SOS Children's Village in Armenia situated in Ijevan town and carrying the name of SOS-CHILDREN'S VILLAGE IJEVAN has started its operation from July 2010.
With the SOS Children's Village concept, the Foundation pioneered a family approach to the long-term care of orphaned and abandoned children. The care and upbringing in the SOS-Children's Village ensures the development of the children from the day of admittance in the Village up to becoming independent and self-reliant. Hence the care is implemented in 3 main phases: SOS-Children's Village, Youth Facilities and Semi-Independent Living.
When the youngsters reach the age of 15-16 they move from the Children's Village to the Youth Facilities and continue to live there for 3-4 years. At this phase they are supported with guidance and counseling to reach the ultimate goal of acquiring further development in independence and responsibility. Upon completion of the vocational education and after finding a job the youngsters move to the phase of Semi-Independent living. At this phase the organization helps the youngsters in finding permanent jobs and in having permanent shelter. After the completion of this phase the organization keeps close contacts with the former children and continues to follow their successes and, whenever needed, provides assistance and guidance in their endeavors.
There is also a well-designed and child-friendly furnished kindergarten functioning in the neighborhood of Kotayk SOS Children's Village with a capacity to serve 100 children.
The Foundation has different projects and job-placements in the above-mentioned activities. Interns are invited to volunteer for 8 weeks minimum.
Contact person: Syuzanna Boshyan
Tel: +37410 533352