Our ongoing partnership with SOS Children's Villages
In Finland, our financial aid has gone to Developing SOS Children’s Village’s family rehabilitation and building children’s villages in Vuores, Tampere and Niittykumpu, Espoo, as well as Kivistö, Vantaa.
SOS Children’s Village’s “Unelmista totta” (“Dreams come true”) project aims to prevent the inequality and exclusion of children and young people by helping them enjoy a hobby. Summer 2021, Fazer employees supported the project by exercising. They kept a record of their steps and cycling kilometres, and as a result, Fazer donated 6,000 euros to SOS Children’s Village at the end of the summer.
A shared moment over food brings people together and creates pleasant memories. The SOSdinner, introduced in 2020, is therefore a natural way to support children’s activities. “You can express feelings of caring and love with food, even when there is no common language. The thought of food as a caring tool is important to us, which is why we want to be part of uniting people over delicious food while doing something meaningful,” says Liisa Eerola, Head of Communications of Fazer in Finland.
Anyone can organise a SOSdinner charity dinner and invite their friends to help raise funds for SOS Children’s Village.
The emergency chat service, Apuu-chat, was established during the exceptional circumstances of the spring of 2020, when children were unable to meet supportive grown-ups. In Finland, children under the age of 13 had no simple emergency service that took their aptitudes into consideration. The SOS child protection professionals and trained volunteers help children aged 7–12 in Apuu-chat when they feel unsafe or threatened. The chat is open every day from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at apuu.fi.
“The aim of these partnership programmes is to make a concrete impact, and to be an active and responsible part of society. We want to create meaningful relationships, encourage people to be creative, and to make choices that are good both for themselves and the world,” says Liisa Eerola.