About Global Charity Week

At Robert Walters, our approach is to keep charity and community initiatives relevant to our local communities. Every October, Robert Walters staff members from around the world participate in a joint effort to raise as much money as possible for a chosen charity during our Global Charity Week.

Consultants from all our offices donate their time and participate in a wide-range of imaginative activities, from eating contests to bake sales, singing competions and marathons to help raise funds.

About SOS Children's Villages

Active in 134 countries, SOS Children’s Villages is the world’s largest charity working with orphaned and abandoned children. Their mission: to enable every child to belong to a family and grow up with love, respect and security.

First founded by Hermann Gmeiner in 1949 in Austria to help children who had lost their homes, their security and their families as a result of WWII, they have been working around the globe to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights of children.

 

SOS Children's Villages in Belgium

In 1963, the Belgian chapter of SOS Children's Villages, SOS Kinderdorpen/SOS Villages d'Enfants, was established. Today, there are two SOS associations in Belgium – one which supports children and families within Belgium throughout their locations in Wallonia and Flanders and another which works with SOS programmes in developing countries.

Activities vary according to the local needs: from fostering refugees, to providing temporary care and permanent housing to children and teenagers.

 

How did Robert Walters Belgium contribute this year?

During our annual Global Charity Week, our offices partook in a range of fun and team oriented activities to help raise money inside and outside our organisation.

Staff members volunteered at two SOS Children's Villages locations to lend a helping hand. Cleaning, gardening, painting, our goal was to help SOS homes look their best in order to help the children feel more at home. In their main office located in Brussels, we also volunteered to help SOS staff members catch up on various administration backlog. 

To help refugee children in the Kraainem shelter learn French, we were able to find a former teacher who will give them French lessons in the upcoming months pro bono.  

How much did we raise?

Thanks to the joined efforts of our staff members and network, we were able to raise nearly 8,000€ in one week for SOS Children's Villages.

How will SOS children benefit from our donation? 

Our entire donation will be used towards the renovation of the Marche-en-Famme shelter home which 43 children call home. Tom Moons, Head of Partnerships & External Communication at SOS explains: “This shelter exists since the 70's and is urgently due for some repairs.”

How can you help?

1 in 6 children do not grow up in a safe home. In order to continue to build loving and secure homes for children in need SOS Children's Villages needs your help. Read more about our charity action or visit the SOS Children's Villages website to make a donation. 

Contact us

Özlem Simsek, Managing Director Belgium

Özlem Simsek

Managing Director Belgium

"At Robert Walters, we're focused on getting involved in charities that affect the local communities in which we're based, building on the strengths of our people and making them integral to our business strategy. It means social responsibility isn't an afterthought, it's part of our values."

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