SOS Children's Villages Finland

The goal of the SOS Children’s Villages is to increase the wellbeing of children and families in Finland and around the world. We provide family based care for vulnerable children, strengthen families at risk of family break-up and strengthen community child and family welfare responses.

As a result more vulnerable children and youth are well and succeed in life when grown up, the number of children and families in need of welfare services is reduced and  cross-generational illbeing is reduced, bringing significant savings to society.

SOS Children’s Villages has been active in Finland since 1962 and it is a member of the international SOS Children’s Villages organisation which has operations in over 130 countries.

Our Activities in Finland

SOS Children’s Villages Finland wants to be at the forefront of promoting services that enhance the wellbeing of children, youth and families as well as strong municipalities. Read more

SOS Finland is supporting families at early stage by organizing family cafes, providing trainings and seminars and offering hobbies and camping activities. We offer diverse open care services for over 100 children each month. Around 170 children are placed on foster families and youth facility for longer-term foster care.

We also promote and advocate for children's rights. And we search for solutions together with municipalities to be able to provide better support for families. Read more

SOS Children's Villages around the World

We work to prevent family breakdown and care for children who have lost parental care, or who risk losing it. We work with communities, partners and states to ensure that the rights of all children, in every society, are respected and fulfilled.

We are non-governmental and non-denominational. We respect all religions and cultures and work with trusted partners in places where we can contribute to social development.

We Build Families for Children in Need

We  work  for  children  who  are  orphaned,  abandoned  or whose families are unable to care for them. We give these children the opportunity to build lasting relationships with-in a family. Our family approach in the SOS Children’s Village 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.

We Help Them Shape their own Futures

We  enable  children  to  live  according  to  their  own  culture and religion, and to be active members of the community. We help children to recognise and express their individual abilities, interests and talents. We  ensure  that  children  receive  the  education  and  skills training they need to be successful and contributing members of society.

We Share in the Development of their Communities

We  share  in  community  life  and  respond  to  the  social  development needs of society’s most vulnerable children and young people. We establish facilities and programmes that aim to strengthen families and prevent the abandonment of children. We join hands with community members to provide education and health care, and respond to emergencies.

Further information on work carried out by the international SOS Children’s Villages organisation at

If you wish to sponsor, or you have any questions, please contact us:


Kumpulantie 3
00520  Helsinki
Tel +358 9 5404 880
e-mail: info(at)
Donation service +358 9 4257 9830 / lahjoittajainfo(at)

Donate for children in Finland

Receiver: SOS-lapsikyläsäätiö
Bank account number: Nordea 238618-10066
IBAN: FI27 2386 1800 0100 66
Reference number: 8015

Donate for children abroad

Receiver: SOS-lapsikyläsäätiö
Bank account number: Nordea 238618-10066
IBAN: FI27 2386 1800 0100 66
Reference number: 9014

Thank you for your donation.

You may also visit the pages of SOS Children's Villages International:


The first SOS Children’s Village was founded by Hermann Gmeiner in 1949 in Imst, Austria. He was committed to helping children in need – children who had lost their homes, their security and their families as a result of the Second World War. With the support of many donors and co-workers, our organisation has grown to help children all over the world.

We take action for children as an independent non-governmental  social  development  organisation. We respect varying religions and cultures, and we work in countries and communities where our mission can contribute to development. We work in the spirit of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and we promote these rights around the world.