A central part of the work that SOS Children's Villages carries out in Faridabad supports children and families. Our SOS Social Centres run a family strengthening programme which offers a comprehensive package of services to enable families to stay together. In addition to providing day-care, we aim to raise awareness of hygiene and children's rights, and we give guidance on parenting skills. We provide families with food, educational support and medical advice, vaccinations and treatment. In order for families to generate income, we offer them literacy classes, vocational training, career counselling and advice. If self-help groups do not exist, we enable their creation. Families we have been working with are now able to generate an income through rearing cattle or selling vegetables.
Two children from our family strengthening programme take their homework very seriously (photo: SOS archives).