A boy painting a picture at nursery school in SOS Village Wienerwald, Austria …
With the chance to look at what we have achieved so far, a simple mid-term review shows this:
A boy painting a picture at nursery school in SOS Village Wienerwald, Austria.
To go with this photograph of busy painting, I found a report that lists all the activities the charity did in 2008. It is a simple mid-term review and shows that:
Though it is quite a workload, many people were very motivated by having clear medium-term priorities to which everyone can contribute.
The objective of the charity is to provide a home to 80,000 children in 2008. The SOS mother training models and self-evaluation at the SOS Children's Villages ensures the quality of the care provided to the children.
SOS Children's Villages family support programmes where used to help over 70,000 children who were in danger of being abandoned. The challenge now is to spread the programmes to more locations beyond hot spots in southern Africa and Latin America.
In a number of countries we have learned how to successfully achieve legal recognition for the SOS mother profession as well as the SOS child care model. This knowledge will help other associations in this endeavour.
Over 25 countries have already participated in "Tracking footprints", helping to scientifically show the impact of our work.
We are very pleased with the progress so far. Even if there are also some challenging areas in the implementation of these strategies. Priority setting on national level is difficult, since many objectives seem to have the same high priority. Based on local needs, priorities must be set considering resources available, and not all associations will be able to progress in all initiatives at the same speed. But collectively, we and our children are moving in a good direction!
While we have to keep our feet on the accelerator to reach our goals, we also have to use some of our energy to look beyond 2008. To assure continuity of the current strategy and to be prepared for challenges ahead, we will start collecting contributions for the strategy 2009-12 during the second half of this year. Every national association will receive more information on this effort.
Worker on construction site for the new SOS Children's Village Banda Aceh, Indonesia
Worker on construction site for the new SOS Children's Village in Lamreung, Darul Imadah sub District, Banda Aceh, Indonesia. SOS Children's Villages is building a total of 2.260 family houses, 15 multi-purpose community centres, six social centres and seven SOS Children's Villages. Many of the houses have already been completed and handed over to the families whose houses were destroyed by the tsunami.