Picking children up when crisis brings them down, giving them hope and someone to trust, is a truly rewarding experience - but it is equally challenging and demanding. To win the trust of a child requires a lot of personal commitment and passion. You must be patient and always treat the child as an individual - never as a file or number. Children and young people always feel the difference. Due to thousands of great co-workers who made and make this kind of a commitment, SOS Children’s Villages has been able to build families for children in need all across the globe since the organisation was founded in 1949.
The Helmut Kutin Award can be awarded every second year.
It recognizes extraordinary perfomances of SOS Chidren’s Villages co-workers who directly work with young people and families. Extraordinary perfomances are matched with the impact on the life of programme participants.
Only employees of SOS CV’s can be nominated.
All SOS CV’s co-workers are invited to participate in an online voting process
Helmut Kutin Award winners 2015
photo: © SOS Archive
Helmut Kutin Award winners 2012
poto: © SOS Children's Villages International
After 338 nominations, and more than 1,700 votes from colleagues around the world, SOS Children’s Villages is proud to announce the three winners of the 2012 Helmut Kutin Award.
The patron Helmut Kutin
photo: © SOS Archive
For his entire life, Helmut Kutin has inspired co-workers and children around the globe. Having grown up in the SOS Children’s Village in Imst in the 1950s, he has promoted the spirit of SOS Children’s Village wholeheartedly for decades. As a village director in Vietnam during war times, as Asian representative and Secretary, General in the 1970s/80s and as President since 1985: his focus has always been on the well-being of the individual child and the direct work with children.
Seeing how children take the offered hands and find again the courage and strength to live their lives is what has made working for SOS Children’s Villages such a rewarding experience for President Kutin. When he meets a child, he always meets them at eye-level, giving him or her a sense of belonging, respect and love. We will always foster this spirit – not only with this award.
All global SOS co-workers can nominate any of their colleagues who are directly caring for children.