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The COVID-19 pandemic that has affected the globe during our last two years of operation has starkly highlighted the deficiencies not only in our country, but also in our organisation, especially from a crisis preparedness and fundraising perspective. It is with this in mind that we actively tackled these issues during this year, and have made strides towards protecting our organisation, programmes and children from future crises.
The 2020 financial year was a difficult, unexpected time for us all. The National Director had just joined SOS Children's Villages South Africa when when Covid-19 began to rear its enormous head. It caused tremendous fear and had a major global impact on health and economic sectors. Millions died. We lost friends and family.
Historic gains have been made for the world’s children in the past 30 years. In 2019, the SOS Federation marked the 10th anniversary of the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children; and the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
2018 was a notable year for SOS Children’s Villages South Africa. Firstly, our Member Association (MA) became “subsidy-related self-sufficient” as we stopped receiving running cost subsidies from SOS Promoting & Supporting Associations (PSAs). SOS South Africa was the first MA in the East & Southern Africa (ESAF) region to achieve this status, and it is testimony to the determination of our co-workers, as well as the support of our donors, government and the SOS Federation.
It was another exciting year for SOS Children’s Villages South Africa. The organisation continued to provide quality Alternative Care in our Children’s Villages around the country, but also managed to help keep more families together in local communities. This type of Family Strengthening is a relatively new component of our work, and it comes from the recognition that the best place for a child to grow and develop is in their family of origin, within an environment of love, respect and security.