It Takes a Village


Begun in post-war Austria by Hermann Gmeiner, SOS Children’s Villages makes a real difference for families and children in 136 countries around the world. Each village offers a safe home for those who’ve lost everything to war, civil conflicts or natural disasters. The people behind SOS Children’s Villages understand that it truly does take a village to raise a child; they focus on providing long-term homes to support mothers and their children, as well as kids who have been orphaned, neglected or abandoned.
Recognizing that it's not enough to just provide a bed and meals, SOS Children’s Villages works to strengthen communities through education, family strengthening, accessible health care and other community work.

All children have a right to have all they need to grow and develop. Their fundamental rights are enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Still 220 million children, 1 in 10 of the world’s children are not having their rights fulfilled. They are growing up alone. Being alone is not just about having people around. It's about being listened to. It's about having a supportive community and friends. It's about feeling connected. It's about knowing that you have someone who cares for you. The vision of SOS Children’s Villages is that every child belongs to a family and grows up with love, respect and security.

For the past 20 years, Swissotel Hotels & Resorts team members, guests and supporters have contributed to this charity. Through fundraisings, events and activities on a global and a regional level, we support SOS Children’s Villages to help children around the world live life well! #givingback

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