Sometimes we get stuck within our own world and we need to open new doors and see new horizons. Motivated by my ambition to gain new perspectives and help others, I embarked on a five-month Johnson & Johnson Secondment in September to support SOS Children’s Villages International at their headquarters in Austria. Having spent many years in the corporate sector, I was eager to put my skills to use in a new environment and help build the capacity of our partner on the front lines of care in a meaningful and sustainable way.
SOS Children's Villages is the largest non-governmental organization focused on supporting children without parental care and families at risk. The organization today runs 2,300 programs reaching more than a million children, young people and adults in 135 countries and territories. SOS Children's Villages adheres to the principle that every child grows best in a family environment, with loving parents or caregivers, living together with their siblings, in a place they can call home. SOS Children's Villages also works with communities, local partners and authorities to support disadvantaged families, thus preventing family breakdown.
Across the world, more than 70 million young people are unemployed, and many more do not earn enough to build a stable, independent life. Through the global YouthCan! initiative, SOS Children’s Villages draws on the expertise of multiple stakeholders and partners to provide young people with individualized, holistic support to help them manage their transition to healthy, independent adulthood.