Aldeas Infantiles SOS Dominicana, INC (Aldeas Infantiles SOS)

Aldeas Infantiles SOS was founded by Austrian educator Hermann Gmeiner in 1949, in Imst, Austria. He was committed to helping children who had lost their homes, security and families as a result of the World War II. Today, it operates in 135 countries.

In the Dominican Republic, it was founded in the Jardines del Norte on September 25, 1979. The following year, on March 13, 1980, Aldeas Infantiles SOS República Dominicana was officially recognized by Decree 1610 as a non-governmental, non-profit organization, with its national headquarters in Santo Domingo.

In Aldeas Infantiles SOS we work for the rights of children to live in a family. We develop activities for the prevention of the loss of family life, offering alternatives for the care of children who were separated from their families, and we develop political activities to encourage States to provide the necessary conditions so that children can fully exercise their rights.

General Information

  • Legal Name: Aldeas Infantiles SOS Dominicana, INC
  • Acronym: Aldeas Infantiles SOS
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • RNC/Tax ID No: 401052202
  • Geographic Areas: National Territory, Distrito Nacional, Santiago, Santo Domingo
  • Theme Areas: Children and Youth, Education, Food/Agriculture, Health, Housing and Infrastructure, Human Rights
  • Quantity and Type of Beneficiaries:

    436 children, adolescents and youth who have lost the care of their parents.

    So they receive assistance through our family residential placement programs.

The Team

Management Team:

Roberto Watson
National Director

Rafael Santiago
Program DIrector Los Jardines

Irene Sena
Program Director Los Mina

Ormandy Santana
Program Director Santiago de los Caballeros

Board Members:

Hernando Taveras

Bélgica Lourdes Sosa
1st Vice-President

Antonio Peguero

Franklin Gómez
2nd Vice-President

Juan Carlos Lagual

Henry Fuentes

Andrés Valverde
Representantive SOS KDI

Johann Denk
Representive SOS KDI

Contact Information

Contact Person

  • Name: Yadira Castillo
  • Position: Coordinator of Corporate Alliances
  • Telephone: 809-567-8986 ext.6108 y 6109
  • Email:


  • Type of Organization: Non-Profit Organization
  • International Affiliations:
  • Years of Operation: 36 years
  • Number of Employees: 119
  • Number of Members: 27 amigos SOS
  • Number of Volunteers:


  • Sources of Funding:

    Sponsorship, international subsidy, local private sources

  • Products/Services:

    We offer services to children, adolescents and youth at risk of losing the care of their families, strengthening them so that they overcome the risk. We also provide those children, youth and adolescents who have already lost the protection and care of their families with a protective familiar environment so that have the opportunity to grow in a family surrounded by love, respect, and security where they can live and holistically develop.

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Our Vision: “Every child belongs in a family where he/she can grow up with love, respect and security.”

Our Mission’/i]: to protect children who have lost the care of their parents and guardians or who are at risk of losing it.

Primary Programs and Projects

Family Placement Programs:

This is a method of taking in children in the short or medium term who, due to different situations of mistreatment, abuse, or parental death and other situations of vulnerability, have lost or at risk of losing parental care.

We cover the necessities and accompany the child, adolescent or youth during his/her entire integral development from a familiar vantage point.

The work that we do allows us to accompany the child, adolescent or youth, promoting his/her integral development in a familiar environment, where he/she acquires the habits, attitudes and required skills to become a person who is committed to society, family and his/herself.

Prevention Programs in Family Strengthening:

With our programs of Family Strengthening we take as a base the original family as a key player, recognizing the primary and fundamental role of the family in the holistic development of a participating child, for which we offer space for the development of parenting skills that help diminish distinct societal problems such as domestic violence, abuse, mistreatment and child endangerment.

Academic Support:

This program consists of providing academic support to primary and early middle school students who demonstrate learning difficulties, scholastic delay, cultural or social delay which interferes with their ability to respond adequately to the demands of the education system.

This program includes the incorporation of psycho-pedagogical professionals who can address the alphabetization difficulties presented by our target population. In the same manner, we seek to lower the index of academic failure and school desertion resulting from learning and psycho-pedagogical difficulties.

Virtual Classrooms:

This program seeks to create a virtual classroom which secures the teaching and learning process as an organized service, responding both to the wide digital divide which exists in the program. In this sense, it favors the integration of the NNAJ and Direct Attention Specialists into the digital and information world, granting access to the culture and possibilities which the TIC provides for a quality education that allows the distribution of information and the exchange of ideas and experiences.

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