Although SOS Children’s Villages was established in 1949, it was not until 1968 that the first SOS Children's Village opened its doors in Palestine. This was followed by Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and Sudan in the mid-1970s. Today SOS Children’s Villages exists in 25 locations across nine countries in the Middle East and North Africa including: Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco. The core concept of the SOS family is to build homes for children in need and the concept runs the same way in all countries with a special consideration for the cultural differences of each county. As such, SOS Children's Villages work across the MENA region has been adapted to meet the needs of the local population. Consequently a variety of programmes run throughout the region including the traditional villages, family strengthening programmes, vocational training programmes and emergency programmes. Alongside local agencies, our organization has been working directly with families and communities to empower them to effectively protect and care for their children and young people. Our services enabled us to reach approximately 12,000 children and families in 2017.