31 October 2014

Southwest Airlines' LUV Seat Update: Soccer balls and shoes distributed to SOS Children’s Villages - Kenya


October 31, 2014 - Children and youth at the SOS Children’s Villages across Kenya received soccer balls and shoes last weekend, which were created as part of the LUV Seat partnership between SOS and Southwest Airlines
In addition to providing homes for orphaned and abandoned children, SOS Children’s Villages is committed to providing young adults in its care with opportunities for vocational training, to help them obtain a career and become an independent adult. The LUV Seat program provided paid apprenticeships to young adults in the community: young adults from nearby SOS Children’s Villages, between the ages of 17 and 22, used leather airline seat coverings donated by Southwest Airlines in a new vocational training program focused on leatherworks. The participants produced 2,100 pairs of shoes, 1,000 soccer balls, and 500 backpacks, which were distributed to children in five SOS Children's Villages across Kenya. 
Additional products were donated to community-based organizations in Kenya, including the Ahadi Trust for its anti-jigger campaign; the Cura Orphanage, a residence for children who have lost their parents to AIDS; and Alive & Kicking, which uses sports education to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and Malaria.
“This is an exciting moment in our relationship with Southwest Airlines. We are amazed with the quality of products made by many of our youth and are excited to help distribute these products to children and families in need,” said Lynn Croneberger, CEO of SOS Children’s Villages – USA. “It’s great to know that this innovative program will continue to benefit the partner organizations and recipients for years to come.”

For media inquiries, please contact Stephanie Rendon at 202.470.5182 or srendon@sos-usa.org