A central part of the work that SOS Children's Villages carries out in Bhubaneswar is related to supporting children and families near where our organisation is based. Our SOS Social Centres run a family strengthening programme which offers a comprehensive package of services to enable families to stay together and take good care of their children. When needed, the SOS Kindergarten can also provide day care for young children. We aim to raise awareness of hygiene and child rights and give guidance on parenting skills. We provide families with food, as well as educational support and with medical treatment. In order for families to generate income, we offer them vocational training, career counselling and advice. If self-help groups do not exist, we enable their creation. Due to the fact that literacy in the area is low, we also run adult literacy programmes, which are particularly attended by mothers.
Young girls from SOS Children's Village Bhubaneswar on an educational outing (photo: SOS archives).