SOS Children's Villages started working in Germany in the mid-1950s, after the foundation of "SOS-Kinderdorf e.V." in Munich. The SOS Children's Villages concept aroused great interest in Germany; the number of members and friends rapidly increased, and in subsequent years our organisation was able to expand its support to reach children, young people and families in nearly 40 locations around the country.
The SOS Children's Village Württemberg was officially opened in 1960. It is located in a beautiful spot in a hilly landscape, surrounded by farmland and forests. Eleven SOS families consisting of approx. 65 children found their home in this particular SOS Children's Village.
Additionally, a family orientated community and an educational community for medium term care were established, where parents and educators are working on a positive togetherness of parents and children. These programs aim at the re-integration of the children into their natural families, respectively at supporting the youth on their way into independence. A SOS kindergarten was also erected on the site of the SOS Children's Village Württemberg, offering place for eighteen children and extended business hours as a special service to working parents. Once a week, a "wood and meadow day" is held. Almost regardless of the weather, the children are encouraged to explore the nature under the guidance of their educators. The smallness of the groups allows individual support of every single child.