A central part of the work that SOS Children's Villages carries out in Nagapattinam is related to supporting socially and economically excluded children and families, especially single mothers. Our SOS Social Centre runs a family strengthening programme which offers a comprehensive package of services to enable families to stay together and take good care of their children. In addition to providing day care, we aim to raise awareness of hygiene and children's rights and give guidance on parenting skills. We provide families with food, educational support, as well as medical advice and 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. People we have been working with are now able to make a living through tailoring, making handicrafts and brick and chalk-making.
Learning a new skill at the SOS Social Centre (photo: SOS archives).