The first SOS family houses near the idyllic castle of Kleinstübing were built in 1962, 20 minutes away from Graz
Children who could not grow up with their parents get here a new, permanent home in an SOS Children's Village family. In addition to this the core task there are family strengthening services for children, teenager and their parents.
When large-scale epidemics occur, when areas in crisis are too dangerous for many others, then the medical teams from MSF are there to ensure that the affected population can count on continual care being provided for their most basic health-care needs.
They organize basic medical care, treat the injured, carry out vaccination campaigns, train local medical staff and build up medical infrastructure. In long-term aid projects they dedicate themselves to the fight against diseases like tuberculosis, malaria, sleeping sickness, and HIV/AIDS. The on-location work of our expats is often very exhausting, but also fascinating, demanding appropriate professional knowledge, and a large amount of motivation and commitment.
Special Olympics provides worldwide in 180 countries for more than 2.5 million children ages 8 and up, adolescents and adults with mental disabilities in all-year training and competition opportunities in 26 different Olympic sports. These sports and their rules and regulations are designed to take as many people with mental disabilities because of their disability and can measure accordingly with almost equally strong people.
Special Olympics has a firm faith to feel that people with mental disabilities learn with appropriate encouragement from participation in individual and team sports and joy can derive personal benefit. Further Special Olympics believes that a regular exercise contributes significantly to the development of athletes. Special Olympics believes that people can draw with special needs through training and athletic competition a physical, mental and social benefits.