SOS Children’s Villages began its work in Louga in 1990. The SOS Social Centre here offers family strengthening programmes to the local community. One of the main goals is to ensure that children have access to essential material, educational, health and social services. The programmes also support families from the local community in building their capacity to care for their children, for example by providing guidance on income-generating activities and parenting skills. The SOS Social Centres also provide health services, counselling and psychological support, as well as care and assistance for families affected by HIV/AIDS.
Thanks to the SOS Family Strengthening Programme, this mother of five has acquired skills to set up a small business from home (photo: C. Ladavicius).