The LR Global Kids Fund e. V. has quickly become an internationally active organisation because, from the outset, our aim was to support children in every LR country. In Ahlen, Germany, where LR is headquartered, the LR Global Kids Fund e. V. has been supporting the Lunch Club e. V. ever since its foundation back in 2012. The charity has also contributed significantly to the Lunch Club’s expansion and transformation into today’s RTL-Kinderhaus. But the charity has also been funding projects internationally for many years, for instance in France, Italy, Bulgaria, Poland and Austria. In 2015, a corporate volunteering programme was launched: hundreds of employees at the company headquarters volunteered and dedicated their spare time to local children’s charities.
We have already achieved a lot. But we still have ambitious plans for the future. We’re hoping to generate one million euros in donations per year by 2025, which will allow us to further expand our aid projects. We also want to increase the number of sponsoring members. Our overall aim is simple: sustainably improving children’s prospects in life around the globe. True to the motto “together we can do so much more”, the charity has entered into a partnership with the foundation RTL – Wir helfen Kindern e. V. (since 2016) and the charity SOS Children’s Villages (since 2018) to ensure growth and to further professionalise its commitment.
The SOS Children’s Village is located in Sauk, a village near the Albanian capital of Tirana. The main focus here lies on psychosocial and educational support to improve the children’s living situation, because pronounced poverty continues to provoke a lack of education and limited health care.
Three times a week, a therapist and a psychomotor specialist visit the SOS Children’s Village Chantevent to support the children’s healing processes.
The so-called “Family House” offers children care in a sheltered setting – a real alternative to the seriously swamped system of state welfare.
The LR Global Kids Fund e. V. not only supports children and youths, it also promotes their education and personal development in order to improve their future prospects.
In France, the LR Global Kids Fund e. V. supports the sports camp “Etoiles de Neiges”, which helps children and youths who suffer from the incurable metabolic disease cystic fibrosis.
Greece’s first-ever SOS Children’s Village is located in Vari, not even 12 kilometres away from the Acropolis.
In Milan, Italy, the LR Global Kids Fund e. V. gives children with deprived backgrounds a second chance.
In Neunkirchen, Austria, the LR Global Kids Fund e. V. sponsors the socio-pedagogical institution “SoWo” (social home).
Together with a local aid organisation, the LR Global Kids Fund e. V. aims to give disadvantaged children between the age of three and 14 a brighter future by sponsoring educational opportunities (e.g. tutoring), offering counselling and ensuring that they receive a warm and healthy meal.
A total of about 40 children between 7 and 15 years old live in this SOS Children’s Village.
We support the SOS Children’s Village Pushkin 15 kilometres outside Saint Petersburg. It provides psychological support, speech and art therapy, music lessons, sports and cultural activities for a total of 120 children.
The LR Global Kids Fund e. V. supports the charity Theodora Stiftung e. V., which sponsors professional artists, so-called “dream doctors”, who go to hospitals to entertain sick children, giving them moments of joy and happiness.
An innovative approach is taken here: in addition to the SOS families in the traditional village setup, the children are also lovingly cared for by a network of trained foster families and SOS educators outside the village.
In Brovary, near the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, the SOS Children’s Village we sponsor focuses on various psychotherapy formats for 15 children who have come from poverty and parental neglect and suffer from developmental disorders.