Youth Empowerment: Breaking Down Barriers
SOS is invested in Africa for the long term, building schools in the communities where SOS villages are located, and empowering young people to learn about their rights and become their own advocates. We strive to build leaders of the future by giving youth the tools to handle adversity in all its forms, and we work not just within SOS villages but within the larger community as well.
To prepare SOS alumni for employment success, we partner with national and local associations to offer mentoring and a variety of programs that enable youth to acquire the hard and soft skills required for today’s – and tomorrow’s – job market. In some areas, entrepreneurship training might be key; in others, training in local industries might be more beneficial; in still others, computer and language skills might be the most advantageous skills to have.
Emergency Response: Helping People Who Have Lost Everything
Some of our most urgent work in Africa is related to responding to disasters, whether human-caused or natural. Over the years, SOS Children’s Villages has developed the know-how and the local foundations to quickly respond to large-scale humanitarian disasters.
Whether drought, conflict, epidemics or other dire situations, disasters have a disproportionate effect on children and families. We currently maintain 10 emergency response programs in Africa, helping people who have lost everything and have nowhere else to turn.