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On the 10th December 2016, SOS Children’s Villages Kenya partnered with global online transport company Uber for their 2016 giveback promotion #UberGiving. 

According to Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, Head of EMEA at Uber, the act of giving is often highly personal with people having all sorts of reasons to give time, money or goods. And yet, there’s been too many occasions where I’ve heard people not donate or volunteer because they don’t know how or due to uncertainty of impact, a lack of accessibility or the lack of knowledge on where to start.

UberGIVING campaign aimed at making it easier for people to donate items in need, and support the work of SOS Children’s Villages in Nairobi & Mombasa. The campaign, which Uber Kenya and SOS Children’s Villages Kenya aimed to make annual, focuses on providing people with the opportunity to give back by offering locally tailored donation and volunteering opportunities at a time where many would like to do good, yet may not know where to start.

Receiving the donations at the home was SOS Children's Village Director, Fredrick Ochieng, who thanked Uber for the timely gesture urging more companies to follow suit and offer similar support to such institutions.

"On behalf of the SOS Children's Villages in Nairobi & Dar es Salaam, I'd like to thank Uber for choosing SOS as your partners on this noble initiative. Through such support you inspire the caregivers and children to work harder in order to achieve more," said Ochieng.

Loic Amado, Uber's new General Manager for East Africa who was present at the SOS Village in Buruburu Nairobi said, "We are proud to support the SOS Children's Villages Nairobi, Mombasa, Dar es Salaam and Watoto Childcare Ministries in Kampala enabling them to continue the good work that that they are doing and even achieve more." Amado who was accompanied by Uber Staff and Uber driver-partners also gave SOS Village in Buruburu a corporate donation of toiletries, food and personal care products.

Amado further thanked all the riders who through a simple tap on the Uber App participated in UberGIVING. "A special thanks to our driver-partners who made this initiative possible by picking up all the donations and delivering them to the homes. We all came together to make a difference," concluded Amado.

We at SOS Children’s Villages Kenya thank Uber Kenya for this great partnership we look forward to continue partnering as we support the children of Kenya. .

For more than a decade, Xellia has been supporting SOS Children’s Villages. SOS Children’s Villages has grown, promoting the rights of children around the world, sending emergency teams to over 133 countries and territories and helping more than 2 million children and their families by providing them with a safe place to live, learn and grow up.

Xellia has selected SOS Children’s Villages as its nominated charity due to its status as a nonpolitical, non-religious and not-for-profit organization.

As stated by Xellia’s CEO, Carl-Åke Carlsson “It is in our corporate DNA to help people in need, as we strive to contribute with the development of medicines to fight life-threatening diseases and ultimately save lives. The partnership with SOS Children’s Villages is felt by us a natural fit for our company”.

From January 2015 to January 2018, Xellia has entered a partnership with SOS Children’s Villages to sponsor the SOS Medical Center Eldoret in Kenya. Through the partnership, Xellia commits to bringing healthcare to patients who are located in an underdeveloped area and in desperate need of care.

Working with SOS Children’s Villages, Xellia is able to have a direct impact on helping struggling families care for their children as the Center not only aims to treat illnesses, but also works to increase education within the community and prevent life-threatening diseases.

At the SOS Medical Center Eldoret, there are currently 10 full-time employees, and an average of 6000 patients visiting the clinic each year. At the Eldoret Medical Center, which has been in operation since 2011, the most common aliments of patients who visit the clinic are; respiratory tract infections, malaria, diabetes and hypertension, HIV, sexually transmitted infections and waterborne diseases.

The SOS Medical Center not only treats the illnesses that patients arrive with, but also provides patients with the possiblity for cancer screening, HIV testing and other diagnostic and monitoring tests for pregnant women in the community. As the Center also faces the local communities’ health concerns through door-to-door campaigns to educate and address illness awareness and prevention, the value of the SOS Medical Center Eldoret is truly incalculable. As explained by, Paula Guillet de Monthoux, Managing Director at SOS Children’s Villages Denmark “Creating sustainable financial and social progress in developing countries is only possible with the help of long-term committed partners such as Xellia.”

Theme: Conflict & Crisis in Africa: Protecting all children’s rights

“No matter where children are – whether in the countries torn apart by conflict, poverty and despair; in the countries they are passing through; or in the nations striving to provide them a new home – SOS Children’s Villages is on the ground, aiming to collaborate with state authorities, non-governmental organisations and international agencies, such as the United Nations.

With the support of our donors, we are responding to ever-evolving needs. We help families stay together. We provide counselling and emotional support to children and young people to enable them to cope with trauma. We ensure their essential needs for nutrition, shelter and care are met. We allow children to be children.

We constantly call on authorities and all partners to redouble efforts to find long-term solutions to ensure that families can stay together and children in conflict are not deprived of their childhood.

SOS Children’s Villages Kenya provides a safe place for children to shelter in its family based care programme where children abandoned or orphaned are provided with their basic needs. In addition through advocacy, SOS Chidlren's Villages Kenya builds the capacity of communities to ensure their participation in decision making processes. This also includes mobilising children to make them aware of their rights through various channels of engagement.

Further, in collaboration with the SOS Children's Villages Regional office in Addis Ababa, high level lobbying takes place with the African Union together with other child focussed organizations by bringing to the attention of the member Heads of State the consequences of conflict to children as well as their needed actions. SOS Chidren's Villages Kenya further participates in policy and legal reform to highlight the desired changes in Policy and Legislations that will ensure the upholding of the rights of children in conflict both at the national and regional level. This is also envisaged in partnership with the African Child Policy Forum.

SOS Children's Villages Kenya - 2016

On the 22nd May 2016, SOS Children’s Village Mombasa had the honour of hosting the First Lady of the Republic of Kenya & Patron of SOS Children’s Villages Kenya.

The First Lady has hailed the SOS Children’s Villages as a model institution that is doing exceptionally well to rehabilitate and give hope to minors rescued from oppressive circumstances.

Margaret Kenyatta took pride in projects being undertaken at the SOS Children’s village including a solar energy generating plant which is selling excess power to the national grid through the Kenya Power and Lighting Company.

“It’s always impressive to see a charity that is doing so much to practically make a difference to society, and at the same time striving for financial and environmental sustainability”, she said.

But she said the institution needs more support from stakeholders and appealed to both the National and County governments, the private sector and individual donors to explore how they can further engage with the SOS village in a way that yields the most benefit to children

“Right now, SOS Children’s Villages Kenya needs support. I would encourage us all to consider chipping in," she said.

Speaking at the SOS village, the First Lady, who is the patron of all SOS Children’s villages in Kenya, said she will explore areas where her office will be able to work together with the Mombasa home to promote the welfare of the children.

“I’m confident that as we all continue to invest in the children of Mombasa, and the children of Kenya at large—the future fortunes of our nation, will be immeasurable”, she said.

She lauded the management and sponsors of the Mombasa home for initiating income-generating projects aimed at financial and environmental sustainability.

Besides the solar energy generating facility, the institution is also engaged in a green revolution programme through tree planting and waste disposal and management. There are also proposals to expand the existing primary school facilities and also put up rental apartments within the institution.

The First Lady praised the Herman Gmeiner School Mombasa observing that it was among the finer and better performing institutions in Mombasa.

She thanked the management of the home for creating an environment conducive for child development and where all the children can thrive academically and socially to reach the pinnacle of their potential.

On his part the Chairman of the Board of Trustess of SOS Children’s Villages Kenya Dr. Martin Oduor-Otieno appreciated the support received from the First Lady. He reiterated the commit of SOS Children’s Villages Kenya to continue being a champion of the children agenda in Kenya.

During the event Her Excellency recognized and awarded long serving staff of the organization all of whom had served 25 to 30 years in the organization.

Those present during the event included Coast Regional Coordinator Mr. Nelson Marwa, Nyali MP Hon. Hezron Awiti, SOS Children’s Villages Kenya Board of Trustees Mercy Wanjau, Rita Okuthe, Susan Kiama, David Abwoga and Dr. Mary MaduMadu.