Doing something for those in need makes the world a better place.
SOS Kinderdorf (aka SOS Children´s Village) is a global organization aiming to help children in need.
The first SOS Children’s Village was founded by Hermann Gmeiner in 1949 in Imst, Austria. He was committed to helping children in need – children who had lost their homes, their security and their families as a result of the Second World War. With the support of many donors and co-workers, our organisation has grown to help children all over the world.
Worldwide 577.000 children and young people were cared for and supported through SOS Children´s Villages familiy strengthening and alternative care in 2016. In Austria 2750 children and young people were cared for.
SOS Children's Villages is very active in Austria, adapting its work to the needs of children and families. In addition to the SOS Children's villages, where children who have lost parental care can be looked after by the SOS mothers, there are a number of programmes working with families and young people in the community. Young children can attend the SOS Kindergartens while their parents go to work or receive training.
Family strengthening programmes are an important component of the work carried out: in cooperation with local agencies, SOS Children's Villages works directly with families and communities to empower them to effectively care for their children. These activities can include: counselling and workshops for parents and young people, therapy for children with special psychological problems, and accommodation for refugees. Young adults can live in special houses and flats where they are guided on their path to an independent life with the help of professionals.
Often if heaving sick or disabled kids, parents do not have the possibilities to fulfil the greatest wishes of their children. Here Kindertraum steps in and helps them to make a wish come true.
Stiftung Kindertraum was founded in 1998, as Dr. Breindl, a tax accountant had a heart desire: he wanted to give hope and courage to ill and disabled children. With this as a fundament, already in the year of establishment, the foundation managed to fulfil a very special desire. A blind girl called Hava wished for a guitar. This was given to her by no one less the the Kelly family, who also gave her 10 guitar lessons.
Since then the foundation could make many wishes come true, based on donations from private supporters, companies or charitable activities.
In 2015 in total 172 personal wishes could be fulfilled and next to this also 50 group projects were realised.
We are very happy that we this year decided, following the results of an internal survey with all employees, to make children’s dreams come true and support the organisation Stiftung Kindertraum with a generous donation. With this we could make in total 7 heart wishes come true.
For more information see www.kindertraum.at
As part of the charity initiative Daikin for life, Daikin Austria donates regularly to different organisations. In 2016 they donated a total amount of 8000€ and with this, they show that Corporate Social Responsibility is a strong part of their business approach.