Since 1970, SOS Children's Villages has been providing different kinds of support to the local population. The family strengthening programme assists families who are at risk of abandoning their children. SOS Children's Villages therefore works with local authorities to assist families and enable them to take good care of their children. We give nutritional, educational and health support. We provide counselling and improve people's parenting skills. The SOS Social Centre also administers essential medical treatment. In the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan we provided urgent assistance to the many families who had lost everything. We gave them temporary shelter and help rebuilt homes; we provided nutritional and medical support. We also created child-friendly spaces where local children could play and receive psychological support from our trained and experienced staff. We worked hard to reunite families.
After the storm: children in our care and their SOS mother wait to be evacuated to SOS Children's Village Calbayog (photo: SOS archives).