Hermann Gmeiner Day 2017

„I wish above all that all polemics soon come an end that are carried out on the backs of the children who need our help and which onlyserve to harm them“ Hermann Gmeiner
photo: © canstockphoto.de

Subject: "SOS CV’s in the Middle East Interconnected with local environments Creating future for children"

The Hermann Gmeiner Day 2017 took place on 26 April 2017 at SOS Children's Village Hermann Gmeiner Academy in Innsbruck.



  • Living conditions on the ground prior to the war
  • How SOS CV’s responded to them and does it to today’s circumstances of aggravation
  • The role of women in Middle East societies


08:30 am Welcome

09:00 am


Opening and greeting - President 

Introduction to the programme

09:10 am

Christian Kayed with glimpses of life from Syria prior to the war

09:45 am


Nabeela Al Mulla about current developments in the region
from diplomatic agent perspective

10:20 am


10:40 am Afifa Arsanios about history of SOS CV in the region
11:15 am Katharina Ebel about setting of new SOS CV programmes
11:55 am All presenters jointly on stage ready for open questions
12:30 pm Rounding off and lunch break

02:00 pm

Departure to SOS-Kinderdorf Imst

03:00 pm Hermann Gmeiner memorial divine service followed by coffee and tea
05:00 pm Individual journey home / departure to Innsbruck



*Ms Nabeela Abdulla Al Mulla
B.A. in Political Science, M.A. in International Relations, former Ambassador of the State of Kuweit in
many countries in Latin America, Africa and Europe, also in Austria, first Arab female Ambassador to
the UN, nominated for the Nobel Peace Price in 2005, supporter of SOS Children’s Villages for many

*Ms Afifa Dirani Arsanios
Studies jurisprudence, holds a number of diplomatic positions in international organisations including
the UN and the World Bank, advisor in the field of education with a special focus on the improvement of
education for women and the protection of human rights for women, President of SOS Children’s Villa-
ges Lebanon

*Ms Katharina Ebel
Diploma in Communication Design, journalist and PR specialist, trained security advisor, one of her foci
crisis communication, project advisor for SOS Children’s Villages in the conflict area in the Middle East,
current field of application Iraq

*Mr Christian Kayed
Diploma in philosophy and German philology, graduated tour guide, story guide, guides city tours, does
lectures and tells fairy tales and offers seminars about the technique of storytelling, elaborated a theme
focused city tour about ‘the roots of SOS Children’s Villages in the town of Innsbruck’ and carries it out 



Free entrance including lunch!
Registration under +43 512 3316 or under christian.honold@sos-kd.org 


We are looking forward to your visit!