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The Plight of Adoptive Mothers
In SOS Children's Village, a charity specializing in foster care, the "mother" plays a crucial role. The SOS villages in China are in need of not only huge donations from the whole society, but also the arrival of a large number of devoted, caring, selfless people, who may sustain this wonderful cause forever
Seeking SOS Mothers

A group of independent houses in a beautiful compound stands out from regular apartment buildings in Huangcun Town, Daxing District in Beijing's southern suburb. Rather than villas housing the rich, these buildings are home to orphans and needy children in the SOS Children's Village in Beijing. Ever since the village was built, Jin Linde, the village head, has been busy recruiting mothers and assistants, a task that has so far proved to be challenging

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Living a Life of Love
In 1991, Han Chunmei applied and became the mother of eight children in an SOS children's village in Qiqihaer City, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. Now after bringing up 18 orphans, Han has proven to be a devoted mother
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SOS Children's Villages in China

SOS Children's Village International was founded by Hermann Gmeiner in Austria after World War II to provide war orphans and homeless children a family-like environment.

Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs and the SOS Children's Village International reached a cooperative agreement in 1984 to establish adoption communities in China. In nearly three decades, such facilities were set up in Tianjin, Yantai in Shandong Province, Qiqihaer in Heilongjiang Province, Nanchang in Jiangxi Province, Chengdu in Sichuan Province, Kaifeng in Henan Province, Putian in Fujian Province, Urumqi in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Lhasa in Tibet Autonomous Region, and Beijing.

Moreover, affiliated facilities such as SOS youth apartments, kindergartens, social centers, and the like have also been built in the villages. In Yantai, the SOS Hermann Gmeiner Middle School was also established to provide education for children from the SOS Children's Village.

As of the end of 2011, a total of 2,263 children (including those who have grown up and left) had lived in SOS children's villages in China. Among these children, 225 have received two-year college education and 120 have studied in Chinese and foreign universities.

(Source: China Association for SOS Children's Village)

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