The SOS Children's Village focuses on two main areas: children who need families; and families who need support in raising their children.
The Estonian SOS Children's Village is a non-profit organisation
founded in 1994 that operates thanks to donations from the local government,
individuals, companies and international organisations. The association is a non-governmental, non-political and a non-confessional organization whose work is based primarily on public interest.
The SOS Children's Village is an alternative to foster families which is designed to ensure lasting families and homes for children.
aim is to increase the welfare of children
and families in Estonia and around the world. We offer community-based
family care and tailored support for families. We also act as local and
national development partners to promote the well-being of families with
children. In addition, we collect funds to support children and
families in Estonia.
Our main objective is to coordinate the work in the Programs as follows: Harjumaa, Virumaa, Raplamaa and Lõuna-Eesti.
Every child belongs to a family and grows with love, respect and security.
We build families for children in need, we help them shape their own futures and we share in the development of their communities.
COURAGE: We take action
COMMITMENT: We keep our promises
TRUST: We believe in each other
ACCOUNTABILITY: We are reliable partners
It has become a tradition for the spouse of the president to be the patron of the SOS Children's Village. This tradition was started by Mrs Helle Meri, who is a long-standing friend of the village to this day. The main role of the patron is to initiate and support activities aimed at social assistance for children, charitable activities aimed at children without parental care and the introduction of a family model in the care of children in Estonia.
In February 2017, Kristi Kallas became the patron. The honourable role of patron has been played by Helle Meri, Ingrid Rüütel, Evelin Ilves and Ieva Ilves.
The current Goodwill Ambassadors are Ragnar Klavan and Stig Rästa. Past Goodwill Ambassadors of the SOS Children's Village have been Heinz Valk, Nele-Liis Vaiksoo and Kristina Šmigun-Vähi. Our ambassadors believe that every child in Estonia needs a loving home and parents and they help us pass this message on to people.
Our Supervisory Board includes Aive Hiiepuu (a leading consultant at PR Concept), Kiira Kure (the CEO of HireRight Estonia), Alo Tammsalu, Gert Tiivas, Helle Niit (a family counsellor, educator and supervisor) and chairman Peeter Lepik (a legal adviser with the law firm Cobalt).
The Estonian Society of the SOS Children's Village follows donation-raising good practice and the Code of Ethics of Non-governmental Organisations.