Featured partners


AkzoNobel, a leading global paints and coatings company, joined the SOS Children’s Villages YouthCan! initiative in 2017 to address youth unemployment. Through its Let’s Colour project, hundreds of AkzoNobel employees volunteer their time to boost young people’s employability and renovate SOS living spaces. With the partnership’s expansion to 10 countries in 2018, 1,000 young people have engaged in employability activities.


In times of humanitarian crisis, children are particularly vulnerable. The Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) provides assistance for countries and populations affected by disasters and humanitarian emergencies, including projects to support children and families. Since 2001, ECHO has provided funding to our Mother and Child Health Care Programme in Somalia.

Joining Forces

In 2017, SOS Children’s Villages International joined forces with five other child-focused agencies to accelerate progress towards achieving the child-relevant Sustainable Development Goals. There are two strands of action: “Child Rights Now” and “Ending Violence against Children”. In 2018, this approach was implemented in five pilot countries: El Salvador, Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines and Uganda.

Michael Hewitt

Through the support of Mr Hewitt we are able to build a community and health centre, complementing one of our family strengthening programmes in Araçoiaba, Brazil. This centre will provide medical assistance and community engagement for children and families in need. His donation is in honour of his late wife, Lis Mosekilde M.D, D.Sc.(med).


Responding to the HIV/AIDS crisis, South Africa’s National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW) developed a community-based care and protection programme, named “Isibindi” – “courage” in isiZulu. We have been an implementing partner of Isibindi since 2013. Home visits are at the core of this collaboration, to encourage quality caregiving and strengthen family relationships.


Now in its second year and spanning 14 countries, YouthLinks is a digital platform used in the YouthCan! initiative. It connects young people in SOS programmes with peers, mentors and SOS staff to empower them around topics such as employability and leaving care. Supported by our global partners, the platform is a place for sharing experiences and developing support networks.