Supporting parents and giving them guidance Borovljany/Belarus - Photo: G. Ward Poverty and difficult life situations mean that many parents cannot care for their children adequately. Perhaps they cannot manage to earn enough to live on, or they do not have the knowledge or means to safeguard their children's health. The vicious circles of poverty and lack can, however, be broken with the right help. SOS Children's Villages supports parents in building their capacities to care for their children. We support them with information and confidence to seek help and claim their rights from authorities. Many parents use the opportunity, through SOS Children's Villages' family strengthening programmes, to make a new start through job training or micro-credits. They get helpful advice and share newly-found strength with others, becoming stronger both for their children and for themselves.