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From Imst to Mogadishu

1949   First SOS Children's Villages association founded in Austria by Hermann Gmeiner
1955   First SOS Youth House built in Innsbruck, Austria. SOS Children's Villages associations established.
1960   SOS-Kinderdorf International established as the umbrella organisation for all SOS Children's Villages associations.

SOS Children´s Village Suja (Northern India)

1963   SOS Children's Villages began its work in South Korea and India.
1970   SOS Children´s Villages built in Côte d'Ivoire. Further SOS Children's Villages projects in Ghana, Kenya and Sierra Leone.
1981   Opening of the Hermann Gmeiner Academy in Innsbruck as a training centre for SOS staff from all over the world.
1991   SOS Children's Villages in Czechoslovakia re-activated. First SOS Children's Villages in Poland and the Soviet Union, new projects in Bulgaria and Romania. Foundation of the first SOS Children's Village in the USA.
1995   SOS-Kinderdorf International classified as an "NGO with consultative status (category II) with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations".
2002    SOS-Kinderdorf International awarded the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the world renowned humanitarian award, for extraordinary contributions towards alleviating human suffering.
2005   Following the tsunami disaster in Asia, SOS Children's Villages provided emergency assistance (food, medicine, start-up grants and temporary shelter) as well as long-term support (reconstruction of family houses, family strengthening programmes, community centres and SOS facilities) in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Thailand.
2007   The 100th European SOS Children's Village opens in Valmiera, Latvia. The organisation helps victims of natural distasters in Bolivia, Indonesia, Peru and Uruguay, as well as those displaced in the crisis-torn regions of Sudan, Chad and Somalia. SOS Children's Villages wins the OPEC Fund Award for Development. In four years, family strengthening programmes have assisted more than 80,000 children and families.