The SOS Children’s Villages, Inc. was incorporated as a non-profit, non-stock corporation with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 18, 1996. SOS Children’s Villages Philippines provides family-like care to children in need. With the support of friends and partners, SOS CVP works to ensure that each child will grow up in a loving home.
In 1949, Hermann Gmeiner founded the first SOS Children’s Village in Tyrol, Austria. He was a child welfare worker, and he saw how children suffered and were left orphaned as a result of World War II. Its family-like approach is based on four principles: Each child needs a mother, and grows up most naturally with brothers and sisters, in their own house, within a supportive village environment.
Today, SOS Children’s Villages are located in 134 countries around the world. In the Philippines, the first SOS Children’s Village was founded on May 1, 1967 in Lipa City, Batangas. Now they have 8 villages spread across the country and located at Calbayog, Samar; Cebu City, Davao City, Lipa, Batangas, Muntinlupa City, Tacloban, Leyte, Zarraga, Iloilo and Mariveles, Bataan