23-Jun-2020 | News | Petronella Chindumba

101 years ago, Herman Gmeiner, the founder of SOS Children’s Villages, was born. Hermann Gmeiner envisioned a new way to care for children left without parents after the Second World War. Through this concept, he hoped that no child in the world would have to grow up alone. His vision today can be seen in 136 countries around the world. 

The Second World War resulted in many children becoming homeless and orphaned. Hermann Gmeiner (23 June 1919 – 26 April 1986), who himself participated in the war as an Austrian soldier, founded the first SOS Children's Village in Imst in the Austrian Federal State of Tyrol in 1949.Originally, the SOS Children's Village was established to look after the orphans of the Second World War. But later the organization eventually started looking after other children such as the abandoned, neglected, abused, and children in difficult economic circumstances.
Happy #SOSDay to all

Petronella Chindumba
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