SOS Children's Villages began its work in Jimma in 2012. Our social centre here provides a family strengthening programme to members of the local community. The programme aims to help parents develop their capacities in a holistic and sustainable manner, to achieve self-reliance and economic autonomy, and to ensure access to essential services such as health care and education. We provide guidance on income-generating activities, as well as counselling and psychological support. The social centres also offer day-care, where up to 450 children are looked after, fed, and taught simple literacy and numeracy skills while their parents are at work. The overarching aim of these services is to support families, and the community as a whole, so that children can be protected and cared for and will not be abandoned.
At the children’s village in Jimma (photo: SOS archives)