Our Family Strengthening Programme commonly known as FS works in conjunction with the local community partners (CBOs). The FS supports disadvantaged families with family and community empowerment interventions in the four programmes which are located in Mzuzu, Lilongwe Blantyre and Ngabu.
The overall goal of the Family Strengthening Programme is to ensure that families, communities and government protect and promote the rights of children to grow in a caring family environment.
Strengthening families is of critical importance to the work of SOS Children’s Villages in general as we believe that regardless of their background, children should live in a family that will support them to reach their full potential.
The FS programme is currently being supported through the NORAD grant which was acquired in partnership with SOS Children’s Villages Norway.
• We are currently working in 136 countries and territories around the globe.
• In Malawi we started our operations in Lilongwe in 1994. We expanded to Mzuzu in 2002, Blantyre in 2007 and Chikwawa, Ngabu in 2013.
OUR STRATEGIC DIRECTION
OUR 2030 STRATEGY AND OUR 2020 MID TERM PLAN
Between 2017 and 2030, SOS Children’s Villages International and its member associations including SOS Children’s Villages Malawi has set out to implement the Strategy 2030 (S2030) which has set out to achieve the following two main goals as follows:
In order to drive our 2030 strategy, every year we develop a 3 year rolling a mid-term plan where we commit strategic actions leading us to achieve the different strategic objectives as follows;
(a)Strategic Initiative I: Innovate alternative care
The initiative is mainly aimed at driving organizational reforms within our SOS Families programmes (or SOS Family Based Care) to be aligned with the current legislative demands which promote frequent assessment of the children families and early reintegration of children in their families.
SI I Objective
501 children and young people receiving quality care in community integrated SOS families and other forms of alternative care by 2020
(b)Strategic Initiative II: Strengthen families
The initiative is mainly aimed at driving more organizational focus on increasing our investment in prevention of family separation through implemeting Family Strengthening programmes (SOS FS).
SI II Objective
65% of families providing a caring and resilient environment for equal development opportunities to 8000 children and young adults by 2020.
(c)Strategic Initiative III: Empower young people
The strategic initiative looks at strengthening the care and employability of young people that are supported by our programme interventions mainly SOS FBC and SOS FS.
SI III Objective
70% of children and young people in our target are capacitated with quality education, professional trainings and skills development for self-reliance.
(d)Strategic Initiative IV: Advocate for children
The strategic initiative on advocacy will ensures that
SI IV Objective;
To contribute to the development, review and implementation of child-related laws and policies in Malawi by 2020.
(e)Strategic Initiative VI: Invest for funding growth
The strategic initiative on invest for funding growth focusses on
SI IV Objective
A well-branded and visible Organisation with sustained income growth from diversified sources in collaboration with partners by 2020.
Care for me campaign
Save my Mother Project
We have been running a cervical cancer prevention and treatment programme since 2011 and have reached to over 12000 women and girls in the four districts we are working in. the programme is being done in partnership with the Female Cancer Foundation, SOS Children’s Villages Netherlands and the Government of Malawi.
SOS Children’s Villages Malawi launched the second phase of the Save My Mother Project (SMMP) in a lively event organised on the 23rd June 2017. The launch was purposefully scheduled for the 23rd June to coincide with the celebration of the SOS day where all over the world SOS Children’s Villages celebrates the birthday of the founder of SOS Children Villages Herman Gmeiner. The launch of the Save My Mother Project was organised under the theme “I need my mother, strengthen collaboration to end Cervical Cancer in Malawi.” It was attended by over 100 stakeholders from Ministry of Health, development partners, the academia, NGOs in the health sector, the media as well as the general public.
As of December 2016, our education programmes offered through SOS education facilities (kindergarten, primary school, secondary school and vocational training Centre) reached an enrolment of 2,965 children and young people (1,479 males and 1,486 females).
Our education facilities work in close collaboration with government; our relationship is mostly cemented through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
Following education facility assessments in 2014, a recommendation was made to exit running of Kindergartens and VTC (and for these engage any willing private provider to run under a lease agreement); and to continue working with government under the current MOU (with responsibility to run being progressively given to government).