A central part of the work that SOS Children's Villages carries out in Kolkata 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. We aim to raise awareness of hygiene and children's rights and give guidance on parenting skills. We provide families with food, as well as educational support and medical treatment. In order for families to generate income, we offer them vocational training, career counselling and advice on how to look for a job. For example we train people in cattle rearing or embroidery. We also give them financial support so they can start small businesses and become self-sufficient.
Enjoying themselves on the playground (photo: C. Ashleigh).