A central part of the work that SOS Children's Villages carries out in Chennai is related to supporting local children and families. Our SOS Social Centres run a family strengthening programme which offers a comprehensive package of services to enable families, especially those headed by single mothers, to stay together and take good care of their children. In addition to providing day-care in the SOS Kindergarten we aim to raise awareness of hygiene and children's rights and give guidance on parenting skills. We provide families with food, as well as educational support and medical advice and treatment. In order to help families generate income, we offer them vocational training, career counselling and advice. If self-help groups do not exist, we enable their creation. For example, people we have been working with now generate income by making paper or selling milk.
Children in front of their SOS family homes (photo: SOS archives).