Stepping Up to Meet the Challenges of Conflict, Climate Change, and COVID-19
For over 50 years, SOS Children’s Villages Canada has helped make families and communities safer for children while expanding access to quality education, primary health care, mental health and psychosocial support, and youth employment programming for the most vulnerable. In times of crisis, SOS Canada has responded with life-saving humanitarian assistance.
Despite the progress made in advancing children’s rights, COVID-19, climate change, and conflict have created unprecedented needs among the world’s most vulnerable children and deeply eroded the capacity of families to adequately care for their children. Record numbers of children are out of school and at risk of never returning, facing increased levels of violence and living in countries affected by protracted conflict. In the past two years, we have also witnessed hundreds of thousands of children lose caregivers to COVID-19 and its socio-economic impacts.
In response to these unprecedented needs, SOS Canada will take bold action to ensure more of the most vulnerable children can realize their rights to family, education, health, and protection.
We will work with our partners to learn and implement best practices, continually adapt to change, and ensure the greatest possible impact on the lives of those in our programs.
We will meaningfully engage with vulnerable children and youth, to ensure that our programs are guided by their needs and priorities, and to amplify their voices through targeted advocacy in Canada.