SOS Village d'Enfants (VESOS) takes children without parental support, or who risk losing it, under its wing, in France and worldwide. Its objective is to provide every child with a family life, by accommodating siblings in an SOS children's village or by supporting the family via programmes to prevent abandonment.
SOS Villages d'Enfants France welcomes more than 900 children and young adults in its 14 villages and 3 associated establishments. The association is a member of SOS Villages d'Enfants International, founded in Austria in 1949. SOS Villages d'Enfants International takes on more than 80,000 children and young adults in 545 SOS children's villages in 134 countries.
In France, the charity has introduced the PEPS programme, aimed at reinforcing the support provided to young people and children in SOS villages.
In 2015, PEPS is organised around 3 activities, provided 3 times during the school holidays (6 or 7 days):
- Horse Riding: 3 week-long camps for children ages 13 to 15, to work on relational problems;
- Multi Watersports: 3 week-long camps for teenagers ages 14 to 17. These camps help them work on notions of mutual cooperation, solidarity, challenging personal limitations...;
- Hiking: 3 week-long camps for the oldest teenagers, ages 15 to 18. These various hikes encourage the participants to work on following instructions and learning to be independent.
This integration through sport project has been supported by the Board of Directors for July 2015.
The partnership between Societe Generale and the charity remains ongoing.
During Citizen Commitment Time 2015, young people from the charity were able to visit Societe Generale's contemporary art collection, and take part in a financial education session with Head Office staff.
Last year, as part of the solidarity challenge organised for the Group's 150th birthday, SOS Villages d'Enfants France was supported by Societe Generale employees.
Since 2012, the Societe Generale Corporate Foundation has supported the charity's work in Madagascar and Morocco with projects fighting illiteracy or promoting professional integration via courses with qualifications.
To know more about this organization : SOS Villages d'enfants