A girl playing the harp in Children's Village Ammersee, Germany
Here is a snapshot of SOS Children's Village Ammersee.
A girl playing the harp in Children's Village Ammersee, Germany.
I have been finding out about the village this little girl is growing up in. I have a few details about SOS Children's Village Ammersee.
The SOS Children's Village Ammersee was built in the city of Diessen, in a beautiful spot near lake Ammer. The nearest large city is Munich. There are 12 family homes, where 40 to 50 children are living.
There is social therapy and schooling for up to six children and young adults who don't have a safe place to live. Children may come here because, for various reasons, their family can't care for them properly. The children can stay in this community for up to two years and the goal is to re-integrate them into their natural families.
A day care centre was also built on the site of the SOS Children's Village Ammersee, offering a nursery, all-day care and a facility for school children.
A mother knitting at the SOS Family Centre in Al-Fashir, Darfur, where women receive handicraft training.
Learning handicraft skills can make a huge difference to women, particularly single mothers, in Darfur. I have been finding out how SOS offers practical help for women who are bringing up children by teaching them skills and caring for their children while they learn. The SOS Family Centre in Abu Shouk offers craft courses in how to weave baskets and how to make other items the women can sell in the refugee camp. Some of the women baby sit for the children whose mothers are attending the courses, whilst others cook for the children.
The alternative for women who don't have a small buisness or skills to make things is that they have to search for sources of income in order to make ends meet for their families. Many of them leave the relative safety of the refugee camp and work in construction sites or gather firewood which they sell to their neighbours. Outside the camp they are at the risk of attack.