SOS Children's Villages focus on underprivileged children and youngsters. MAN has been a partner for many years, supporting various projects initiated by the Munich-based association. This cooperation is now to be continued for a further three years based on a sum of €150,000. Beyond this, an additional donation of €50,000 will contribute to rebuilding SOS Children's Villages in the Philippines, where the facilities in Tacloban have been particularly badly damaged. With these funds, it has been possible to provide aid for families in SOS Children's Villages, for instance in the form of life-saving relief supplies, as well as care and psychological support.
The partnership between SOS Children's Villages and MAN (man.eu) has lasted for more than six years at both a national and international level. It began in 2008 with a training center in Ethiopia. Today, the donations totaling €600,000 made at that time are still helping young people to create a better future for themselves as a result of high-quality vocational training in technical fields.
However, not only is MAN involved in SOS Children's Village activities as a company, but its employees also play a part. At our sites in Munich, Salzgitter and Nuremberg, countless hours have already been spent with children and youngsters. "Within the scope of our social commitment, the sustainable impact of donations is particularly important. In the case of our cooperation with SOS Children's Villages, this is fully guaranteed on a worldwide scale," explains Yvonne Benkert, Head of Corporate Responsibility at MAN.
Long-term assistance was also provided following the devastating earthquake in Haiti two years ago. MAN's donation was used to help set up an SOS family home in Les Cayes, allowing unattended children and youths to grow up in safety.
Our funding is also ensuring a better long-term future in Nuremberg. At the Nuremberg SOS Vocational Training Center, five young adults who, due to their difficult environment, have previously had no opportunity to obtain any qualifications, are now being given a vocational perspective.