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SOS Children’s Villages ends 5-year family strengthening programme

December 29, 2023
SOS Children’s Villages ends 5-year family strengthening programme
Mr Dziedzom Owusu-Agbe

SOS Children's Villages has marked the successful conclusion of its five-year family strengthening programme in Manhean with a community durbar.

The initiative aimed to prevent the abandonment of children by intervening in the community, supporting families, and collaborating with partners to create a protective environment.

Mr Dziedzom Owusu-Agbe, the Family Strengthening Project Coordinator, provided an overview of the project during the community durbar.

He highlighted the collaboration with partners such as the and Community Development, , Complimentary Education Agency, and the Tema Traditional Council.

The project, launched in 2019, targeted challenges faced by families in Tema Manhean. Over the five-year period, the initiative directly supported over 300 families and 1,500 children.

One of the project's key conditions was ensuring that children attended school, with a focus on breaking the cycle of poverty through education.

To engage caregivers and parents in their children's education, the project provided reading and writing training through the Complimentary Education Agency.

Learning materials were also supplied to ensure children remained in school. Notably, two beneficiaries have reached the tertiary level, pursuing studies in pharmacy and civil engineering.

In addition to educational support, SOS Children's Villages invested over GH¢180,000 in 2023 alone to bolster families' economic activities.

This included the provision of tools, equipment, and grants. Some beneficiaries received assistance with housing, with SOS either renting homes or contributing to renovations to ensure comfortable shelters.

Addressing broader community needs, the project also provided Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene () facilities to community schools. education for and students was another essential component of the initiative.

Mr Owusu-Agbe emphasized the need for continued efforts in child protection, urging the Social Welfare Department to sustain the gains of the project.

Mrs Bernice Ofori, the Educational Director for the Tema Metropolis, commended SOS Children's Villages for their impactful work, calling on all stakeholders to create positive change through compassion and dedication.

Stakeholders reiterated the positive impact of the project on the community, emphasizing the importance of such interventions in preventing the institutionalization of vulnerable and orphaned children.

Ms Ruby Tetteh, a beneficiary, expressed gratitude to SOS for the opportunity to learn a skill, highlighting the empowerment provided even after giving birth and setting up other beneficiaries with trade equipment.

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