SOS Children’s Villages provides care and support programmes for children who can no longer grow up in their biological families. Located across 133 countries, they focus on building small family units with each child allocated an SOS mother, a team of educators and psychologists to support them in their upbringing.
Each SOS Village Home houses five to seven children, with a focus on family strengthening programmes that attempt to address the family issues that led to the need for care and where possible, try to return children to their families. The basis of their mission is to respect, promote and stand up for children’s rights. They run education and social programmes and encourage the child to participate in the decisions relating to their future.
The Goodman Foundation has been in partnership with SOS Children’s Villages since 2013 providing funding for critical capital expenditure projects in Village Homes across Belgium, France and Poland with plans underway to include support for SOS Children’s Villages in Germany.
- SOS Children’s Villages are represented in two locations in Belgium. The family home in Rochford L’Alouette house nine children. The Goodman Foundation funded a Van (VW Transporter) to enhance the functioning of the home.
- Funding of a new heating installation for the ‘Simbahouse’ family strengthening programme. ‘Simbahouse’ moved to a new and larger Home, and the Foundation wanted to ensure the children received a warm welcome!
- SOS Children’s Villages have 14 Villages in France, with projects to date in Homes in this location include:
- The purchase of mountain bikes for the Village in Digne to facilitate their Mountain Bike Rally organised for the children
- Renovation of the Home’s roof in the Village of Marange
- Landscaping of the Village in Neuville
- A landscape restoration project in Marly to encompass a new lawn, fences and hedges to provide and safe and welcoming space for children to play.
- An educational game and book library in the Village of Persan to offer children a common and quite area where they can read and play.
The SOS Village in Siedlice opened in June 2001 and is a family based care programme. Currently the Village offers shelter to 68 children who are living there permanently. They are spread over 12 family Homes and are cared for by SOS mothers. Children and mothers come from different parts of Poland. The Village offers therapy classes for the children, together with plastic arts, music, drama, dancing, sport and computer classes.
The Village has a large outdoor space, however the playground was in poor condition. The Goodman Foundation funded a playground renovation project to enhance the children’s experience and to promote outdoor play
Since the launch of the SOS Children’s Villages partnership, the Goodman team has shown further support for the initiatives by volunteering their time and skill on the projects, where possible and by organising fundraising and other special events, such as the Brussels 20km race.
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