Everyday Success Stories

SOS Children’s Villages celebrates the successes of all of our SOS children, Mothers, and alumni! Read their stories below:
  • Laxmi Rajak

    How a Little Support Transformed Laxmi's Life

    A bright future beckons Laxmi Rajak who, once stigmatized in her community for being the daughter of a wash man, received an opportunity from SOS Children's Villages to study at SOS Hermann Gmeiner School Sanothimi in Nepal. Today, the teenager is pursuing an International Baccalaureate Diploma in Great Britain. Read more...
  • SOS Children's Villages - Ghana

    A Graduate of the SOS International College in Ghana, Africa

    Sam Mbugua is a true testament to the possibilities SOS Children's Villages provides to orphaned and abandoned children around the world. Sam, orphaned at the age of three in Kenya, credits his success to his upbringing in SOS Children's Villages. Read more...
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    Goodluck, the Perfect Name for a Very Special Baby Boy

    Goodluck is a baby boy whose life was changed when he came into SOS Children’s Village in Gwagwalada, Nigeria. Read Goodluck's story...
  • SOS Children's Villages - Austria

    Klaus Grimm Finds Success and Gives Back

    Klaus, who grew up at an SOS Children's Villages in Austria, is now a successful advertising executive who gives back to SOS Children's Villages. "I wouldn't be who I was if it wasn't for SOS," he says. Read more...
  • SOS Children's Villages Bolivia

    Overcoming the Odds to Help Juan Speak

    When 5-year old Juan first came to the SOS Children’s Village Cochabamba, Bolivia, he could barely speak. Through the loving care of his SOS Mother, Nancy, he is now able to communicate with his family. Click here to read Juan's story...
  • SOS Children's Villages - France

    An Olympic and Humanitarian Trip to China

    Tiphanie, a 16-year-old from SOS Children's Village Calais in France, is an exceedingly talented swimmer. Although she didn't qualify for the French Olympic team, she received a very special ticket to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. She will also meet with Chinese youth and participate in a humanitarian project. Read more...
  • Tumanie's SOS Journey Enables Him to Become a Loving Father of Four

    Tumanie's SOS Journey Enables Him to Become a Loving Father of Four

    After the death of his father when he was four, Tumanie Mannaeh’s mother struggled to raise five children alone, but extreme poverty threatened them all. Read more...
  • SOS Children's Villages - Guinea

    SOS Children's Villages Guinea Applauds Its First University Graduate

    Ask 25-year-old Zaoro about his future plans and he will tell you, "... I'll do what every graduate does, I'll start looking for a job!" This former SOS child has lived independently since 2006, and has just finished his studies in chemistry. Everyone is proud of him. He is the first person from SOS Guinea to graduate from university. Read more...
  • SOS Children's Villages India

    Helping Children Overcome Trauma and Tragedy in India

    The tsunami that hit the southern coast of India in 2004 destroyed so many lives. 12 year old Adhi lost everything - her home, school, belongings, and most importantly, her parents. Adhi remembers, “It was scary, there was water everywhere.” Read more...
  • SOS Children's Villages - Lesotho

    Business-minded SOS Youth Is a Success

    Lechesa was an extremely shy child when he arrived at SOS Children's Village Lesotho thirteen years ago. He was most comfortable sitting alone in a corner and only responded to direct questions. Lechesa, now twenty-six years old, is a successful young entrepreneur. The success of his business is largely due to his determination, discipline and hard work. Read more...