SOS Children’s Villages works to prevent family breakdown and cares for children who have lost parental care, or who risk losing it. We work with communities, partners and governments to ensure that the rights of all children, in every society, are respected and fulfilled. SOS was founded in 1949 in Austria, and is active in 134 countries, including Belgium. Nowadays, over 78,000 children and youth are being raised and cared for in 560 SOS Children's Villages and over 659 SOS Youth Facilities worldwide. Another 423,000 children and adults benefit from SOS family strengthening programmes. You’ll find more information about our organization on : www.sos-childrensvillages.org - www.sos-villages- enfants.be - www.sos-kinderdorpen.be
The Shift helps members to make use of the global framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to map their societal ambitions.
1. End poverty
a world where poverty is a thing of the past is the main aim of the SDGs. Central to this goal is ensuring that no child grows up in poverty. As the number one reason for family breakdown and child abandonment in Africa, Asia and Latin America is poverty, this goal is central to the work of SOS Children’s Villages. We are passionate about helping poor families and communities break the cycle of poverty through capacity and resilience building, education and vocational training as part of our family strengthening programmes.
4. Quality education
It is tremendously important to ensure that every child and young person has access to quality education regardless of their background – not just for the individual, but also for the society around them. Currently, 59 million children of primary-school age (typically between five and 11 years of age) are out of school. We must fight to address this. Every child and young person receiving support from SOS Children’s Villages has access to quality education – from nursery schools right up to support with university applications.
8. Decent work and economic growth
In 2014, almost 74 million young people between the ages of 15 and 24 were looking for work, and the global youth unemployment rate reached 13% – almost three times the rate for adults. Every young person should have the opportunity for decent work and to be able to support themselves to have an independent life with dignity. SOS Children’s Villages supports young people without parental care to develop the skills and attitudes they need to be employable, independent adults, for example through technical schools or partnerships with companies such as Deutsche Post DHL. We also help parents from vulnerable families to access vocational training, giving them the opportunity to earn enough to keep their family together and give their children a brighter future.
10. Reduced inequalities
This goal is motivated by the knowledge that no-one, including children, should suffer from discrimination, or be denied equal access to opportunities on the basis of race, gender, religion, disability, cultural or family background. 66 million girls across the world do not attend school, which limits their opportunities from a young age. SOS Children’s Villages advocates for laws and practices that ensure equal opportunities, social inclusion and non-discrimination for children and young people who have lost their parents, and those from poor or marginalised households.
16. Peace, justice & strong institutions
Through this goal, we can ensure that no child is a victim of violence, abuse, exploitation or neglect. 15% of the children and young people in our family based care programmes were referred to SOS Children’s Villages because they experienced some form of physical abuse (physical, sexual, emotional or neglect).
17. Partnerships for the goals
The objective is to encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships. SOS Children’s Villages is working with a large number of partners, from the public sector, from the civil sector and from the private sector. With enterprises, our objective is to build win-win long term partnerships, with always the children in the center.