SOS Children's Villages has been present in Luxembourg since the mid 1960s, when it was set up to support children in need. Children who had lost parental care were able to move into their new homes with their SOS families in 1968. In recent decades, the work of SOS Children's Villages has adapted to the changing needs of children, young people and families in Luxembourg. At the moment there is one SOS Children's Village, one SOS Youth Facility, one kindergarten, one SOS Vocational Training Centre and three SOS Social Centres in Luxembourg.
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a landlocked country in Western Europe. It is bound by Germany to the east, Belgium to the west and France to the south. Luxembourg is the smallest of the European Union member states: around half a million people live in Luxembourg, with the capital city, also called Luxembourg, being home to 90,000 inhabitants. There are three official languages: French, German and Luxembourgish. Nearly one third of the population originate from other countries of the European Union.
A very high standard of living and a prosperous economy
The people of Luxembourg enjoy an extremely high standard of living. The stable, high-income economy features solid growth, low inflation, and, on average, low unemployment.
Traditionally, the country's economy was dependent on manufacturing of steel. Nowadays manufacturing accounts for around 17 per cent of employment, and has diversified to include chemicals, rubber and other products. At present, the service sector employs over 80 per cent of the population; most of these work in the banking sector since the country has become a major financial centre. Although the economy, affected by the international financial crisis, contracted in 2009, it rebounded by 3.2 per cent in 2010. The unemployment rate has risen in recent years, and now stands at six per cent.
The population of Luxembourg has access to quality health care. The country has a high life expectancy - 76 years for men and 83 years for women. There is a very low infant and maternal mortality rate.
With a donation of any amount you can help provide children without parental care:
- A safe and nurturing home
- A loving SOS mother
- Quality education
- Nutritious food
- Clothing and toys
- All the things necessary for a bright future
Please help where the need is greatest.
(You will receive a Canadian charitable tax receipt)
There are around 105,000 children under the age of 18 living in Luxembourg. Most of these children have benefitted from the high standard of living of the country.
However, according to the Programme for International Student Assessment in 2009, Luxembourg ranked below most other European Union countries and under the OECD average. The educational system was criticised for exacerbating social inequalities rather than lessening them. Children from immigrant background generally perform poorly in schools. The drop-out rate for some children, particularly those from Cape Verde, is higher than the national drop-out rate. Part of the problem is the fact that education is carried out in the three official languages and proficiency in all languages is required.
The rights of children are protected by a national Ombudsman's Committee for the Rights of the Child, which consists of a multi-disciplinary team of experts. The Committee ensures that current legislation is complied with and makes suggestions for improvements to promote children's rights.
In spite of the generally positive situation, around 11 per cent of children live in poverty (2008 est.). The more worrying fact is that the number of children living in poverty has increased in the last decade. Poverty mostly affects children who live in single-parent families where the head of the household is unemployed.
The SOS Children's Village in Luxembourg provides loving homes to orphaned and abandoned children
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The SOS Youth Facilities in Luxembourg provides youth with a loving environment where they learn to transition into independent living and to expand their education
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The SOS Kindergarten in Luxembourg are a fundamental building block for the early development needs including, intellectual and social skills for children.
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SOS Vocational Training Centres in Luxembourg provide young adults from our youth centres, SOS villages and the surrounding community with the skills they will need to secure reliable employment. They provide realistic job opportunities for the future and an avenue to independence.
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SOS Social Centres in Luxembourg aim is to help families, in particular women and children, living in communities neighbouring the SOS Children's Villages to gradually escape from poverty, and to help young people become self-reliant.
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