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Cross-cutting themes across our core programmes

A woman working on a farm - Community

Capacity building

Families want to look after their own children.  Communities want to support their own families.  At SOS Children we support them and strengthen their capability so that children are properly protected within their own family and community.

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Child drinking from cup - Community

Collaboration

We link up with community committees and networks to amplify their strengths and intensify their focus and achievements.

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Mother bottle feeding her child - Community

Disability

Children – and adults – with disabilities deserve to live full lives within their own communities.  We work hard with families to strengthen their ability to support and love children with disabilities. 

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Disasters and emergencies

Crises around the world continue to increase and in recent years we have seen an unprecedented number of natural disasters and conflicts.

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Girl filling can with water - Community

Environment

Climate change is already making life harder for many of the poorest people in the world: weather patterns are unpredictable, flooding and drought are more frequent and increasingly severe.   SOS Children works to make families and communities more resilient in the face of such changes

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Gender

Women are often the poorest and most vulnerable adults we encounter in our work.  They shoulder most of the responsibility for raising children or grand children.  We give all single care-givers extra support – so they are able to deal with their complex and difficult lives.

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Woman and children in a field - Community

Influencing opinion

Our family strengthening programmes protect and promote rights and well-being for families.  With our support, children and families receive their rightful entitlement from government, local services and duty-bearers.  Our child-rights advocacy pushes for real improvement in life chances  for vulnerable children.

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Participation

SOS Children has years of success in community strengthening activities.  We have learnt what works, and participation is at the heart of our success.

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