The SOS Children’s Village Association of Jordan is a local, private, non-political, non-governmental, and an independent social development organization. It was established in 1984 and cares for 255 orphaned and abandoned children in its three Villages: Amman, Aqaba, Irbid and seven Youth Houses in Amman, Irbid and Aqaba.
SOS Jordan is one of the organizations that cares for the largest number of disadvantaged children in the Kingdom. SOS concept pioneered a family approach to the long-term care of needy children. This concept is based on eight principles: Motherhood, Brothers and Sisters, Family, Home, Village, Moments of happy childhood, Childhood in cultural diversity, Education and personal growth. SOS Amman and Irbid Villages consist of 12 family houses, and SOS Aqaba Village consists of 9 family houses.
Each family house cares from 7 to 8 brothers and sisters. The children in each family house are cared for by their SOS mother who provides them with love, security and warmth. The children live together like a natural family
There are 70 SOS Children’s Villages facilities in the countries of the Middle East region, including 18 SOS Children’s Villages, and a number of youth facilities, kindergartens, schools, social centers, medical centers and emergency relief programs. There are more than 30,000 beneficiaries.
In all countries where SOS Children’s Villages operates, the aim is to form a national association which is its own legal entity, with its own statutes and Board of Directors. Common for all of them is membership of the international umbrella association represented by the regional office.
Each member association has to comply with the international statutes and principles for education and childcare of SOS-Kinderdorf International and for financial and administrative practices and it is the regional office’s role to ensure that this occurs.