4 March 2014

Innovation and success abound at SOS vocational school in Ethiopia

SOS Children's Villages cares about the well-being of children from the moment they enter care, and maintains a vision of long-term support until they become self-sustaining adults. One of the many ways we seek to support young people in their transition to adulthood is by providing post-secondary and technical education that will lead to employment.

Our CEO, Lynn Croneberger, got a first-hand look at this work during her recent trip to Ethiopia.

The SOS Vocational Training College near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia focuses on professional automotive repair, woodworking and metalworking. Students graduating from the college are in high demand; the school boasts a 100 percent post-graduation placement rate.

SOS children as well as young people from nearby communities are enrolled at the college (40 local youth receive a scholarship to attend).

Over the years, students have produced numerous innovations. Recently, they created an award-winning water heater for use in medical centers and schools that do not have access to electricity.

The college has also been a valuable resource for SOS Children's Villages and its facilities in Ethiopia. Furniture designed and built by students from the college was used in our newest Ethiopian village, and soon automotive repairs of all SOS vehicles in the area will be done at the college.

Our organization exists to give the world's children a family that surrounds them with love, respect, and security so they can thrive and grow into mature, capable adults. To see our core mission come to life here in Africa inspires absolute confidence that our work, thanks to your support, is truly brightening the future.