SOS Family Strengthening Programme Praia, Cape Verde - © C. Ladavicius
At SOS Children’s Villages, our approach to care is based on four principles: Each child needs a parent, and grows up most naturally with brothers and sisters, in his or her own house, within a supportive community.
While for many years the programme structure was defined from a facility-based perspective (SOS family houses, SOS youth facilities, SOS schools, SOS social centres, SOS medical centres), today SOS Children’s Villages stresses a programme-oriented approach, which puts the child’s development needs and rights at the centre of the programme structure.
A SOS Children’s Village is a child development programme that enables each child to develop to his or her full potential within a caring family environment, whether that be in the biological family or an SOS family. The SOS Children’s Village programme is developed and implemented together with the community.
What is an SOS Emergency Response Programme?
SOS Emergency Response Programme in Chile - © SOS Archives
An SOS Emergency Response Programme is our way of offering swift and un-bureaucratic aid to areas hit by war, crisis or natural disasters. SOS Children's Villages sets up food supply centres in famine- and drought-stricken areas, in many cases guaranteeing basic nourishment of children and their families until the local supply infrastructure has been restored. In the aftermath of natural disasters, food packages, medical supplies, emergency accommodation or building material for reconstruction may be provided. Although emergency response programmes are set up as temporary initiatives, facilities for long-term help for the stricken community are often established.
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