A central part of the work that SOS Children's Villages carries out in Raipur is related to supporting children and families in the region. 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. In addition to providing day-care 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 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. Some of the people we have worked with now make a living by making jewellery and clothes or keeping animals.
Children gardening outside their family home (photo: SOS archives).