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SOS Children's Village - Building families for children in need
Author: Ayoade Ohakim | July 19, 2016

SOS Children's Village International is a global charity initiative that started in Austria in 1949, its founder was a well-known Austrian philanthropist. The initiative implies creating fully functioning mini-societies that will be real home for orphan children worldwide. And this proved to be very successful initiative since it has grown through the years and now there are over 490 children's villages in 124 countries.

The first SOS Children's Village is Nigeria appeared in 1970 and now there are 5 of them throughout the country. Each village comprises of 10-12 houses where a family lives. Every family is built on a basis of strict principles:

- Every child has caring parents

- Children live in families as siblings and are raised so by their parents

- Every house is not just a place to live at but is a home to the whole family

- Every family living in village is part of the community. Every village is provided with everything that normal community requires. It has kindergarten and primary schools, medical facilities and some of the villages have youth facilities. All of them are open to all members of the community.

The figures 12 million - the number of estimated orphans in the country

360,000 - the number of children living with HIV/AIDS Five SOS Children's Villages across Nigeria Over 78,000 children are benefiting across 124 countries

490 - the total number of SOS Children's Villages worldwide "We thank our friends and partners who have committed their hard earned funds and quality time for the welfare of the children.

We appeal to more people to join hands with us in creating a better and brighter world for the Nigerian child." Eghosa Erhumwunse, National Director, SOS Children's Villages Nigeria Sponsors work with SOS Children's Village, Nigeria SOS Children's Village heavily relies on sponsors.

One of the major sponsors of this initiative in Nigeria is Dubai company The First Group. The CEOs of The First Group claim that company is honoured to work with this wonderful charity by annually sponsoring 50 children in SOS Children's Villages across Nigeria.

The money goes towards helping five houses in the communities, as well as providing education, food and clothing for the children.

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