The patron Helmut Kutin
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 from 1985 to 2012: 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.