A group of children from SOS Village d'Enfants Monde, Les Cayes, Haiti; Credit: Maxence Bradley/SOSVEM

On Tuesday 21 May 2024, Luxembourg non-profit organisation SOS Villages d'Enfants Monde published its annual report for 2023.

According to SOS Villages d'Enfants Monde, the Board of Directors and members of the organisation met on 16 May for their General Assembly at the premises of EY Luxembourg. President Anouk Agnes and Director Sophie Glesener presented a stable 2023 balance sheet and the accounts audited by the independent auditor Horus Audit & Associés Sàrl. They also thanked sponsors, donors, partners and volunteers.

In 2023, SOS Villages d'Enfants Monde reported it raised €7,952,634 in public and private funds. This sum included contributions from Luxembourg’s Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (€3.05 million in funds under management, representing a 6.1% increase compared to 2022) and municipalities. Furthermore, funds from foundations, sponsors (€1.54 million) through 3,941 sponsorships (SOS Villages d’Enfants Monde in 104 countries), donors and private partners, as well as legacies and inheritances. The association noted it has been able to count on the generosity of 166 companies, 50 organisations, 30 public institutions, and five foundations. It has thus been able to finance 24 projects in fourteen countries to support 60,000 children, young people and adults, as well as 10,000 other direct beneficiaries and community and state actors.

The association helped more than 60,000 children and adults in fourteen countries, through 24 projects, respectively, adolescents, young people and vulnerable adults and 10,000 other direct beneficiaries and community and state actors. It sustained projects supporting SOS Villages d’Enfants Monde and education and training projects. In the south of Madagascar, new classrooms were built and fitted to provide students at the Tanandava public primary school with a good learning environment while offering temporary work to community members.

In 2023, SOS Villages d’Enfants Monde was involved in seven emergency aid or resilience support projects (Colombia, Ethiopia, Morocco, Central African Republic, Syria, Ukraine), including a project that combined protection, education, economic resilience and support for food security in the Central African Republic and a project to meet the health and nutritional needs, especially of women and children, in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. It also supported an SOS Villages d’Enfants Monde project in Ukraine which, since the start of the war in 2022, has offered essential services with its partners to around 370,000 people, including 221,000 children and adolescents.

Two years after their implementation, the development programmes of the 2022-2026 Framework Agreement signed by SOS Villages d'Enfants Monde with Luxembourg’s Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Defence, Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade are already bearing fruit, whether in Uzbekistan where its sister association SOS manages a programme for social child protection or in West Africa (Benin, Guinea, Niger, Senegal) where community structures and populations are committed to children’s protection and well-being. At the end of 2023, in West Africa, twelve programmes had supported 2,210 families, 10,205 children, adolescents and young people, including nearly 5,000 girls and monitored 1,150 out-of-school youth (more than 700 have now entered vocational training).

The General Assembly was also an opportunity to talk about 2024, the 50th anniversary of SOS Villages d’Enfants Monde, major solidarity and festive events and new education projects. However, the world’s tragedies and the needs of the most vulnerable children always require the strongest mobilisation, as recalled by the President and Director of the association.

The 2023 annual report (bilingual in French/English) of SOS Villages d’Enfants Monde can be downloaded from www.sosve.lu.