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Published: Friday, 17.01.2020

A winner of the Dare4Care award for innovative programmes has been announced

Our umbrella organization SOS Children's Villages International included our Prepare to Leave Care Programme among three best programmes in 2019. The award went to a programme designed by SOS Children's Village Ethiopia.

 Dare4Care is an annual award given out by SOS Children's Villages International to national associations in 136 countries around the world for innovative ideas and programmes that improve the lives of children and families. We are proud of our experts, whose achievements have been recognized internationally and included in three best projects in 2019!

This year’s award went to SOS Children's Village Jimma, Ethiopia, for their foster family programme. Ethiopia is grappling with the great number of abandoned children, and their innovative programmes are a response to these challenges. In addition to existing SOS families, they also ensure that children without parents can grow up in a loving family environment of foster families. Although Ethiopia already has foster care as part of its social welfare system, there are some risks involved with it; the implementation of these new programmes has been successful at overcoming them and ensuring happy childhood for children.
SOS Children's Village Croatia shares second place with SOS Children's Village India, which developed a programme to improve the inclusion of children in SOS families.

Our experts developed the Prepare to Leave Care Programme for young people. The programme has been developed based on recommendations of young people, who singled out certain topics and challenges that they face as they leave care and search for additional support. During 2019, 28 young people took part in this programme, which assigns them individual counsellors to guide them in the preparation and planning of leaving care; these counsellors continue to act as their persons of trust even after leaving care, whenever they need support.

Key competences that they worked on include employment, finances, housing, education, health care, practical skills, social network and support system, leisure time, inclusion in community, personal development and mental health. In the course of the year they faced real life challenges, learned how to manage their finances better, how to resolve conflicts more efficiently and they also had better outcomes in school.

 

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