Princess Margriet of the Netherlands sent a work visit to SOS Children’s Villages in Lebanon on 11 and 12 June 2017. During the work visit, she visited projects for child refugees in the run-up to World Refugees Day, June 20, 2017.
Together with Jan Smit, Ambassador of SOS Children’s Villages since 1999, she visited the Interim Care Center in Khonshara. On this day care, SOS Children’s Villages helps children and families with shelter, food distribution, water, emergency packages, blankets and hygiene kits. The Princess and Jan Smit were given a tour and talked to staff. In the evening they ate with the children in the Care Center.
In the Beqaa valley, the Princess visited the so-called informal settlements. The Princess met families who are beneficiaries of the SOS Family Enhancement Program. This is aimed at supporting Syrian (60%) and Lebanese (40%) families in the care of their children to prevent their children from neglecting or abandoning their children due to their difficult living conditions. In the afternoon, Princess Margriet lunched in the SOS children’s village. She also spoke with various employees about the work of SOS Children’s Villages in the region.
SOS Children’s Villages operates in 134 countries and ensures that children can grow up in a loving family. Characteristic is the attention to the whole environment in which a child grows. The aim is to make families stronger and self-sufficient, involving the local community. Princess Margriet supports the work of SOS Children’s Villages since 1984 as guardian of the organization. In 2014, Princess Margriet and Jan Smit traveled together for SOS children’s villages to Ghana.