In the beginning, Fazer supported the organisation mainly in the form of products and supplies.
The co-operation began one Midsummer in the 1960’s when Fazer’s bakery manager contacted the Children’s village which had been recently opened in Tapiola, Finland and asked whether Fazer could deliver Midsummer treats to the families.
The director of the village said they had expected to receive a few boxes, and their astonishment had been great when they received a whole truckload of bread and sweets.
Fazer has been SOS Children’s villages’ official partner since 2010.
In addition to the children, we want to pay attention to the adults working in the villages. In addition, we donate Karl Fazer Milk Chocolate which is used in the Theraplay interaction therapy.
SOS Children’s Villages is setting up two new Children’s Villages in the capital area in Finland. The Children’s Villages will be created in Niittykumpu, Espoo and Kivistö, Vantaa where homes will be bought in blocks of flats to accommodate children taken into custody and their foster parents. These large family homes will also make it possible for big groups of siblings to grow up together.
SOS Children’s Villages takes active part in developing the areas’ services for families with children and increasing the well-being of children and families. In addition to foster homes, these areas will cater for supported accommodation for youth, family rehabilitation flats and places for family meetings. The support of the community creates a strong basis also for the operation of these new Children’s Villages.
There are some 17,000 children who cannot live safely with their own parents in Finland. One tenth of children grow in unsafe conditions.
In Russia, we support the Pushkin Children’s Village located in the St Petersburg area with sixty children who live in ten homes. Fazer’s donations cover the annual costs of two of these families. Funds raised in Sweden are used to support the Children’s Village located in Ecuador.