SOS ON THE GROUND: CARING FOR CHILDREN AMID HARDSHIP
In Syria, vulnerable children and families find help through a variety of SOS Children’s Villages programs. Orphans and other children without family care are welcomed at SOS villages. Child Friendly Spaces provide traumatized children with psychosocial support and active learning through play and recreational activities, with a focus on enhancing children’s self-esteem and nurturing friendships and social connection.
To get families back on their feet, SOS’s family strengthening programs include parenting support sessions, food assistance to ensure adequate nutrition, and microfinancing to enable parents to set up small businesses to provide a stable income.
In China, SOS villages is in 10 locations – including in the Xinjiang region, which is a majority Uighur area – provide loving homes for orphaned and abandoned children. Young children in the community can attend SOS kindergartens while their parents receive training or go to work, and SOS also supports youth with education and training.