In 2005, SOS Children's Villages Indonesia launched its first family strengthening programmes. Working with local authorities, we aim to support families at risk of abandoning their children and to encourage them to stay together. The SOS Social Centres in Lembang and Yogyakarta offer counselling in various fields, community support and psychological support. The programmes are designed to ensure that children have access to essential services, such as education, health care and psycho-social therapy. Families are given food or assisted with income generation, and they receive help when dealing with the authorities. By attending workshops and self-help groups people's parental skills and awareness of children's rights are improved. We also provide families in need with medical and dental treatment. The SOS Vocational Training Centre runs courses on carpentry, metal work and computer literacy. In addition, the SOS Kindergarten provides day care for up to 60 children. To parents who have to earn a living it is very important to have professional day care for their children, so that they are not forced to leave them unattended while they are at work.
Children can play oustide in a safe environment (photo: SOS archives).