Children’s Village The Gambia recently held a forum on sharing the SOS family
strengthening program model, at the SOS Children’s Villages national office in
The SOS Children’s Village aims to help children to live, feel loved, protected and comfortable enough to build positive memories.
National director Mariatou Sallah said that SOS is a non-governmental social development organization with a mission to build families for children in need.
She explained that SOS Children’s Village has been operating in The Gambia since 1982 and is working in child right and protection, family strengthening program, education, skills training and healthcare.
“We work directly with families and communities to empower them effectively and care for their children in cooperation with local authorities and other service providers,” she said.
Joseph Peacock, coordinator of the national family-strengthening program explained that SOS Children’s Village’s main focus is directly on children who are about to or have lost parental care, as they believe that ‘no child should grow alone’.
Mr. Peacock said they help to shape childrens’ future and share in the development of their communities, saying SOS Children’s Village addresses family development plan because it lists all the children’s needs and mainly respond to the need.
He said since 2005, they have been implementing the family strengthening program that is geared towards ensuring that children at risk of losing parental care are supported with their developmental needs to grow in a loving and caring family environment.
At the event, a documentary titled ‘the rainbow at the end of a storm’ was played which featured beneficiaries of SOS Children Village.