Our Activities

SOS Children’s Villages Benin focuses on the child’s development into a self-supporting and contributing member of society. A child’s development to his or her full potential is best realized in a caring family environment. Recognising the role of the child in his/her own development, as well as the role of his/her family, community, state and other service providers, we work together with all relevant stakeholders to find the most appropriate response to the situation of children at risk of losing parental care and those without parental care. Based on the specific situation and best interests of the child, programme interventions are developed and actions taken. Together with other stakeholders, we build on the foundation of existing resources, initiatives and capacities, strengthening these where required. In this way, we respond with relevant interventions, making best use of available resources, and so have a greater impact on the situation of the children within our target group.

Thousands of children in the Republic of Benin face the reality of being deprived of a caring family environment. Against this background SOS Children’s Villages responds to the situation of:

Children who are at risk of losing parental care, when their basic material, emotional, health and educational needs are being neglected or they are abused, because their caregivers lack the capacity or commitment to adequately care for their children.
Children who have lost parental care, when they are not living with a parental caregiver for whatever reason and under whatever circumstances.

The SOS Children’s Villages child development programme can be presented as follows:

The SOS Children’s Village programme develops responses to the situation of the children within our target group, together with other stakeholders. These responses support families to become strong, so that they can provide a caring family environment for their children’s development. We focus on child development in a caring family environment. To do so, we build on child participation, cooperate with other stakeholders and existing capacities and initiatives. This strategy has enabled the organization to implement the programmes and intervention presented here.

The following programme interventions enable us to have greater impact in the communities where we operate, making us a true development organisation.

Therefore, the SOS programme is composed of the programme units that are presented here. What we do can be categorised as follows:

  • Family strengthening (Families of Origin)
  • Alternative child care (SOS Families and other types of family-based care)
  • Education and life skills (SOS kindergartens, SOS Hermann Gmeiner Primary Schools, SOS Hermann Gmeiner Arts and Crafts Secondary School)
  • Medical care for children of our target group (SOS Medical Centres Dassa-Zoume and Natitingou).



Our programmes in Abomey-Calavi, Dassa-Zoumé and Natitingou in Benin enable us to fulfil the rights of thousands of children. SOS Children’s Villages Benin is a member of Children's Villages International, operational in 133 countries and territories.