A central part of the work that SOS Children's Villages carries out in Shillong is related to supporting children and families near where our organisation is based. Our family strengthening programme 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, children's rights and positive parenting skills. We provide families with food, as well as educational support and medical treatment. The sick bay and pharmacy at the SOS Children's Village also administer basic medical care for the population of the neighbourhood. 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 have trained some women in raising poultry and pigs, and others have opened small shops.
Children at SOS Village Shillong enjoy a picnic together (photo: SOS archives).