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Capacity building - growing the skills to go it alone

woman diggingFamilies 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.

Some communities want to learn more about psychosocial support.  Some carers – especially women and elderly heads of households - want to learn about basic business so they can earn enough to feed their families.  Some adults ask for literacy training so they can support children at school and make their own way in economic activities with greater confidence.

A lot of training and support can be provided by local organisations: we help to build the links and bridges , and cover some of the expenses of training programmes.  Sometimes our contribution is to offer training to local organisations so that they can support their community better.  

We are always thinking about how to make sure that change for the better carries on long after SOS has left.  But we also know the importance of continuity: so we try not to leave a community.  Our partners let us know how they are getting on – and we often support development through several phases, as organisations increase their reach or provide more specialist support to their members.

We use words like “sustainability” and “self-sufficiency” and we call our work “capacity building”.  But there is nothing complicated about the principles which drive our work: we want to do what is needed to help people to get the support they say they need for as long as they need it. 

Maximising yields in Uganda

We work with vulnerable communities in Uganda to deliver practical assistance in conjunction with local partners, to the poorest households. Our activities include: hands on field-training to help subsistence farmers increase their crop yields and livestock enabling them to feed their families and have a surplus to sell; provision of seeds, fertilizer and tools for owners of small and medium enterprises; training in business skills to maximise the viability of small business and negotiate the hurdles encountered during the start-up phase of business.

 

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