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  1. 1. <ul><li>SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGES OF INDIA </li></ul>A loving home for every child
  2. 2. Our Inspiration “ All Children In The World Are Our Children” – Dr. Hermann Gmeiner
  3. 3. About SOS Children’s Village <ul><li>SOS Started its first village at Imst, Austria in 1949. Presently SOS Children’s Villages are functioning at 133 countries worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>The first SOS Children’s Village in India was established in 1964 at Greenfields Faridabad. Since its inception, SOS Children’s Villages of India has expanded its services to thousands of needy children through 41 Children’s Villages including facilities for Tibetan children and 122 allied & community projects like Family Strengthening Programmes, Kindergartens, Hermann Gmeiner Schools, Social, Medical, Vocational Training Centers & Nursing School which are spread across the country </li></ul>
  4. 4. Vision & Mission Our Vision Every child belongs to a family & grows with love, respect & security Our Mission We build families for children in need, we help to shape their own futures, and we share in the development of their communities Children who have lost care of their biological family Family Based Care (FBC) Children who are at the risk of losing the care of their biological family Family Strengthening Programme (FSP)
  5. 5. Who We are… <ul><li>Courage: We take action </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment: We keep our promises </li></ul><ul><li>Trust: We believe in each other </li></ul><ul><li>Accountability: We are reliable partners </li></ul>Values <ul><li>Child development is best realized within a caring family environment. </li></ul><ul><li>A child’s parents have the primary responsibility for the upbringing and development of the child (Article 18, UNCRC). </li></ul><ul><li>The state is the principal duty bearer in promoting and protecting child rights. </li></ul><ul><li>The child has a right to receive special protection and assistance from the state when deprived of his/her family environment and to be provided with alternative care (Article 20, UNCRC). </li></ul><ul><li>Civil society organizations, such as the SOS Children’s Villages organization, have obligations with regard to children’s rights. Working with governments we can support the state in fulfilling its responsibilities with regard to children’s rights </li></ul>What we believe
  6. 6. Target Group <ul><li>Children who are at risk of losing parental care , when their basic material, emotional, health and educational needs are being neglected or they are abused, because their caregivers lack the capacity or commitment to adequately care for their children. </li></ul><ul><li>Children who have lost parental care , when they are not living with a parental caregiver for whatever reasons and under whatever circumstances </li></ul>
  7. 7. Principles of our work with children, families and communities <ul><li>Our focus is on child development within a caring family environment </li></ul><ul><li>Social support networks for children and their families are strengthened </li></ul><ul><li>Children are involved in finding solutions to the challenges they face in their lives </li></ul><ul><li>The best interests of the child form </li></ul><ul><li>the basis for all decisions and actions </li></ul>
  8. 8. SOS Children’s Village Programme
  9. 9. How we respond: programme interventions Concrete responses through: DIRECT ESSENTIAL SERVICES: support the child CAPACITY BUILDING: support families to strengthen their abilities to care for the children, and communities and other stakeholders to support families to care for their children ADVOCACY: Improve policy and practice so that families and communities are better supported to care for their children
  10. 10. Family Based care (FBC) Principles <ul><li>The Mother: Each child has a caring parent </li></ul><ul><li>Brothers and Sisters: Family ties grow naturally </li></ul><ul><li>The House: Each family creates its own home </li></ul><ul><li>The Village: The SOS family is a part of the community </li></ul>
  11. 11. Family Strengthening Programme (FSP) Purpose We enable children who are at risk of losing the care of their family to grow within a caring family environment. We work directly with families and communities to empower them to effectively protect and care for their children, in cooperation with local authorities and other service providers Principles <ul><li>The best place for children to grow is within their biological family </li></ul><ul><li>Care-givers are responsible for the development of their children </li></ul><ul><li>Communities are a direct source of support for children & their families </li></ul><ul><li>The goal of development is the realization of human rights </li></ul>
  12. 12. How we do it… We empower children and their families to claim their rights CHILD FAMILY COMMUNITY (friends, neighbours, community leaders, community-based organisations) LOCAL AUTHORITIES & SERVICE-PROVIDERS ( local government, non-governmental organisations, individual professionals, private sector ) NATIONAL AUTHORITIES & SERVICE-PROVIDERS RIGHTS CLAIMS OBLIGATIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES
  13. 13. How we do it… 1. Ensuring children have access to essential services (e.g. educational, nutrition, legal, health & psycho-social support) Package of services <ul><li>Strengthening support systems for vulnerable children & their families within the community </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting families to build their capacity to protect & care for their children (e.g. childcare skills, parental health, future planning, financial & material resources) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Thank You………………… Vipindas V. Village Director, SOS Children's Villages of India, Cochin, Edathala North(P O), Aluva-683564. Ph:0484 2837075,, A loving home for every child