Our Family-Strengthening Programme (FSP) is currently providing support for more than 5,000 children (who stand the risk of losing parental care) and their families in over 18 communities across the country.
Caregivers given the capacity through several interventions to enable them sustainably care for their children We do this with the belief that a ‘family’ is the basic unit of society.
These community initiatives partner with Community Based Organisations, Traditional Leaders and other stakeholders to provide vulnerable families with needed support by way of economic empowerment and skills acquisition.
The organisation currently runs an educational project dubbed, ‘Quality Education Now’ (QEN) and has successfully reached out to 24,608 children, covering a total of 74 basic schools and 465 teachers.
The project seeks to address challenges experienced at some public schools in the local communities.
Some of which include inadequate funding of some basic education by government, inadequate monitoring and supervision by school heads, poor management of available funds, dysfunctional school management committees, inadequate training of teachers, among others.
The QEN project engages the services of School Management Committees, Community Based Organisations, Parent Teacher Associations and District, Municipal and Metropolitan Education Office, District Education Oversight Committee and the Municipal Education Oversight Committee among others.
SOS Oral Health Programme, supported by Wrigley Sweden. This project in 2016 reached out to 46,282 children and has in all reached out to almost 100,000 children in Ghana.
The programme has helped to increase children’s oral health related knowledge and attitudes; in that they currently brush their teeth 2 times daily, adhere to oral health tips and speak (or smile) with confidence.
A team of oral health facilitators visit deprived communities to sensitize children on proper dental hygiene techniques as well as distribute free toothpastes and recommended toothbrushes.
Teachers are also encouraged to form clubs that promote proper hygienic practices among children and are given oral health posters and booklets to be used by children.
SOS Save My Mother Programme has also succeeded in providing cervical cancer screening and treatment services for 31,293 women from different regions of the country. Such services were provided through the SOS medical facilities and their staff, with support from external service providers.
Free screening services have been organized in deprived communities to create awareness on the early detection and treatment of cervical cancer.
We also run the “End Child Marriage Now” project. This is in partnership with the Canada Fund for Local Initiative (CFLI) under the Canadian High Commission in Ghana seeks to facilitate girl child education in the Chorkor programme location and its environs.
This is in our bid to ensure that the rights of children are respected and that children are given equal opportunity to education irrespective of their gender, our organisation prides itself as a strong advocacy tool to promote child welfare in communities where we operate our outreach programmes.
We acknowledge that the upsurge of forced and early child marriages in most local communities comes up as one of the major challenges faced by school going children below the age of 18. The overall objective is to strengthen families and local institutions’ response to end Child, Early and Forced marriages.
In all, our organisation seeks to empower and mobilize community based organisations and local authorities to respond to early child and forced marriages, empower girls and women to be agents of change and also to facilitate access to psychosocial support services for vulnerable girls and women.
This project would also advocate child right, bridge gender inequality in local communities and most importantly, promote girl child education.