Fondation Lëtzebuerger Kannerduerf (SOS Kannerduerf Lëtzebuerg)

In 1968, the non-profit organisation Lëtzebuerger Kannerduerf founded the SOS Children's Village in Mersch. Here the first children were accommodated in SOS Children's Villages. The main mission of the Lëtzebuerger Kannerduerf Foundation, founded in 1973, is to ensure that children have a protective home and a stable environment.

Year Activity
1961 Mr. Marcel Nilles discovers the idea of an "SOS Children's Village" in Imst (Tyrol). The first SOS Children's Village was established in Imst in 1949.
1963 Creation of l'"asbl Lëtzebuerger Kannerduerf".
1964 The municipal council of Mersch decides to support the construction of an SOS Children's Village in the municipality and to make land available.
1968 Celebration of the grounbreaking of the first three houses.

Foundation of "Frënn vum Kannerduerf".

SOS Children's Village Luxembourg welcomes professional SOS Children's Villages families. It is a formula which evolves continually with society.
1972 Second phase of construction - 4 houses.
1973 Creation "Fondation Lëtzebuerger Kannerduerf".
1976 Third phase of construction - 2 houses.
1980 Construction of “Centre administratif et éducatif”.
1985 The first residential group for young people is created: the Foyer Cales in Luxembourg-Bonnevoie.

The Weicker House in Hamm is made available to young adults.
1986 The "pre-vocational training" for young people starts at the SOS Children's Village in Mersch.

The "assisted living service" for young adults is offered in several flats in the north, centre and south of the country.
1995 The Foyer Leir in Luxembourg-Bonnevoie can accommodate 9 young people.
1999 The children at the SOS Children's Village in Mersch are cared for in the framework of the project "animal assisted pedagogy".
2005 The residential group for children "Foyer du Nord" in Mersch offers space for 7 children. 

In 2017, the group moves into the newly built house 12 and increases its capacity.
2008 The foster care service "SPLAFA Esch" becomes part of the Lëtzebuerger Kannerduerf Foundation.

The "Schneider Haff" in Alzingen is inaugurated on 13 October as a therapeutic social farm based on animal assisted pedagogy.
2010 The "SACCLY" (day and night care for pupils with special needs) opens in Erpeldingen (Ettelbruck).

The "Antenne Familiale" is structured around three main areas of activity: foster family service, family strengthening service and psychological counselling service.
2014 Another residential group for children provides space for up to 8 children.

In 2017, the group moved to the newly built House 11 premises and increased its capacity.
2015 The first short-term SOS Children's Village outpatient family starts its activities.
2017 Inauguration of the new buildings house 11 and house 12.

Inauguration of the Therapeutic Hall: it houses an art therapy department and offers more space for the workshop and sales (second-hand shop) parts of the pre-professional training.
2018 Opening of the "Socio-therapeutic Centre KlickKlack" in the children's village in Mersch.

Organisation of the first international conference on trauma pedagogy
2019 Opening of a residential therapy group for children and young people (6 children) in Gralingen (Grooljen).

Art therapy is part of the educational-therapeutic programme.

Creation of KaJuPa (Kanner- a Jugendparlament of SOS Children's Village Luxembourg)

Creation of the position of delegate for the protection of the rights of children and young people of SOS Children's Village Luxembourg

Launch of the "Youth(ful) nature" project
2021 Launch of the project "Musek@Kannerduerf"