SOS Children’s Villages: Individual & global
In our partnership with SOS Children’s Villages, we support young people between the ages of 15 and 25 as they make the transition to the world of work.
Along with financial support for SOS Children’s Villages educational programs and youth facilities, we focus our activities on career guidance, teaching basic professional skills and providing young people with exposure to the working world.
In addition to the existing partnerships in Brazil, Madagascar, South Africa, Vietnam, Mexico, Kenya and Ghana, we established seven new partnerships with SOS Children’s Villages in Uganda, Ethiopia, Jordan, Morocco, Peru, Cost Rica and Panama over the course of the reporting year. This doubled the number of existing partnerships and significantly exceeded our goals. We had originally planned to extend our cooperation in 2013 to four new countries.
What makes our cooperation with SOS Children’s Villages so unique is the close contact between SOS Children’s Villages and the local Deutsche Post DHL organizations. This makes it possible, for example, for our employees to work directly with the young people as mentors. We also offer internships, which give participating interns valuable insight into the world of work and teach them to take on responsibility.
Our activities are tailored to the needs of the children and the opportunities available to them in the individual countries. The individualized support is designed to help open up employment opportunities for young people and make it possible for them to begin generating their own income as independent young adults.
In the reporting year, more than 700 employees devoted over 10,000 hours of their time to our partnership with SOS Children’s Villages. As a result, approximately 1,200 young people in the 14 partner countries received support through 120 different activities. In 2014 we plan to extend our support to at least six additional countries.