What leads to SOS Children's Villages becoming active in a new country?

The first initiative may come from a government, embassy, or individual with a special connection to the country in question and in-depth knowledge of the social situation, particularly when it comes to children. In some cases, an SOS Children's Villages co-worker might bring the special plight in a particular country to the organisation's attention.

A sudden emergency, such as war, natural disaster, or famine might also lead to SOS Children's Villages International offering help, usually by way of an SOS Emergency Relief Programme. Such temporary programmes might, in many cases, lead to SOS Children's Villages and/or other permanent facilities being established in the country.