After years of helping children (those whose parents are deceased)
, SOS Children’s Villages International introduced a new approach to protect children at risk of losing parental care and to help more children without separating them from the parents or single parents. In 2007, the first Family Strengthening Programme was implemented in Goderich in Freetown
. This was followed by the second FSP Mattru-on-the-rail/ New London Communities in Bo, southern region in 2010
. In 2013, the third FSP commenced operation in Mabolleh in Makeni, northern region.
The SOS FSP supported the child beneficiaries with food, education, clothing and health on a case by case basis. In building the capacity of caregivers, IGA loans were provided after a short training on basic business skills and adult literacy
SOS provided support to 2,579 child beneficiaries while building the capacities of 201 caregivers. For the young adults in the programme, their capacity is built through vocational skills training in tailoring, hairdressing, gara-tie and dye
The FS Programmes were implemented through KIP referred to as CBO. The FS programme played key roles in building the capacity of the CBOs by training them in project proposal writing, basic administrative skills and provision of loans to set up their social business. However these programmes ended because of the Ebola Epidemic and Donors pulled out.