Love and affection are more important than ever for children who are in need or who suffer from a life-limiting illness.
By making donations to SOS Children's Villages and to the Balthasar Children's Hospice in Olpe, we would like to help some of these children experience a little joy and normality.
Our employees are fully committed to both these projects and we are confident that this meets with the approval and support of our customers and partners.
For more information, go to: www.kocos-care.org
2012: KoCoS supports aid project in Swaziland
SOS Children's Village Nhlangano
Nhlangano is situated in the Shiselweni region, about 90 kilometres south of Mbabane, the country's capital. SOS Children's Village Nhlangano is located about one kilometre from the city centre.
The children's village comprises ten family houses, staff accommodation and an administration and service area. Up to 100 children can be accommodated in the family houses and find a new, permanent home there.
By supporting this project, KoCoS helps to finance a range of essential services, including regular meals, education and health care, SOS mothers to look after the children and preventive measures provided by SOS family strengthening programmes run close by.
2012: KoCoS renews its support for terminally ill children and their families:
A place for life and laughter, a place for death and grief - the Balthasar children's hospice
"Your child isn't going to get better, there is nothing more we can do." These words have a devastating effect on the whole family. In Germany, more than 4000 children are diagnosed with an incurable disease every year.
For the families of these children, the world seems to come apart at the seams, nothing is as it was. Caring for the child and looking after the child's needs become the focus of attention while everything else automatically fades into the background.
The journey from diagnosis to death can be long and distressing and it places extreme demands on the parents and siblings of terminally ill children. Germany's first children's hospice, the Balthasar hospice, was opened in September 1998 to support families during this difficult time.
By making a donation to the Balthasar children's hospice once again this year, KoCoS supports the valuable work that is done there with such dedication, ensuring that it can continue to be a place for life and laughter, a place for death and grief.
2009: SOS - KoCoS supports SOS family strengthening programmes
KoCoS Messtechnik AG is pleased to be able to support the children's hospice in Olpe and the SOS Children's Village "Families in Need" programme again this year.
A child only ends up in an SOS children's village when its family has fallen apart. A tragedy which could often have been avoided - because poverty and diseases like Aids destroy families slowly. This is why SOS Children's Villages also offer help to needy families in their neighbourhoods. Right now SOS family strengthening programmes are helping over 250 000 children across the world.
2008: SOS emergency relief programme in Dafur
In the summer of 2006 SOSChildren's Villages opened a new family centre in Dafur, the third of its kind in the region. SOS staff have been looking after children in Abu Shok refugee camp since the end of 2004. The need for centres of this kind is very great as large numbers of children have lost their parents in the turmoil of war or have been subjected to sexual abuse and urgently need professional help in coming to terms with these experiences.
Abu Shok refugee camp lies on the outskirts of El Fashir, the capital of North Dafur. Almost 100 000 refugees have made their homes in the camp, 80% of them are women and children. Today Abu Shok is about the size of a small town and this is why it has become necessary to start SOS family centres at several locations within the camp, enabling a maximum number of refugees to benefit from the services offered.
2007: KoCoS makes a donation to the Balthasar Children's Hospice
The Balthasar Children's Hospice in Olpe held its annual open day on 8th December 2007.
Thomas Becker, the CEO of KoCoS Messtechnik AG, and Martin Kraemer, head of the Sales & Applications department, took this opportunity to present the hospice with a donation. The money stems from various activities, including the official opening of the company's new building in Korbach.
The donation will be used to support and promote the work of the children's hospice, ensuring that it can continue to be a place where the families of terminally ill children can find the help, care and assistance they so urgently need.
One of the major goals of the children's hospice is to enable children who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness to visit Olpe a few times a year, along with their parents, brothers and sisters, with the aim of giving them a break and helping them recharge their batteries. Professional bereavement support is also provided by the hospice.
2007: SOS Children's Village in Ondangwa, Namibia
Ondangwa, which lies in the Oshana region in the north of the Namibia, was chosen as the location for the country's third SOS children's village because more orphans and more families affected by AIDS live there than anywhere else in the country.
Unofficial figures suggest that the HIV prevalence rate has reached 50% in this part of Namibia.
And while in 1995 Namibians could count on an average life expectancy of 61 years, this figure has now plummeted to 44 years, a development fuelled by the rapid spread of AIDS in the country.
2006: "6 villages for 2006" project
"6 villages for 2006" is a massive charity campaign launched by SOS Children's Villages in partnership with the FIFA to mark the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in Germany.
The aim of this campaign is to raise funds for the construction of six new SOS children's villages: more than 800 children, most of whom are currently living on the streets, will be given a home, a mother, brothers and sisters, neighbours - in short a whole community and the sense of belonging which this brings - in Brazil, Nigeria, Mexico, South Africa, the Ukraine and Vietnam.