A central part of the work that SOS Children's Villages carries out in Trichur concerns supporting children and families near where our organisation is based. 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, HIV/AIDS, women and children's rights, and we give guidance on parenting skills. We provide families with food, as well as educational support and medical advice, vaccinations and 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. For example, people we have been working with are now able to generate an income through tailoring and textile printing or by keeping poultry.
Young people in our care add the finishing touches to their Pookalam - a floral carpet created as part of the Onam celebrations (photo: SOS archives).