A central part of the work that SOS Children's Villages carries out in Varanasi is related to 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. 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 treatment. We have a sick bay which administers basic medical care to the SOS families and the people who live nearby. In order for families to generate income, we offer them vocational training, career counselling and advice on how to look for a job. For example we train people in advanced agricultural techniques and older girls are taught tailoring. We also give them financial support so they can start small businesses such as running a vegetable shop or a bicycle repair workshop.
Spending time outdoors is enjoyed by all (photo: SOS archives).