In 2005 SOS Children's Villages Indonesia launched its first family…
The first children moved into SOS Children's Village Lembang in September 1972. Over the years, more SOS Children's Villages and ancillary facilities for underprivileged children and youths have been established in other regions of the island state. Thus, SOS Children's Villages have been built in the capital of Jakarta as well as in Semarang (an island of Java); in Tabanan, Bali; and in Maumere, Flores.
In 2005 SOS Children's Villages Indonesia launched its first family support for families at risk of abandoning their children.
I have found out about some more detail about the family support projects in Indonesia and how they are thinking, to make a better service.
SOS Children's Villages offers family support in at nine locations with 9,763 children having directly benefited as of December 2008. As well as enabling families to take good care of their children, these centers also mean that SOS is there, on the ground, to act immediately should disaster happen.
There was recently a meeting for 100 of the workers and volunteers who support families in Indonesia. At the meeting they could share their concerns and experiences.
The participants visited the SOS family support projects at Bantul, south of Yogyakarta city, the site of a disastrous earthquake in May 2006. SOS Children's Villages carried out emergency a relief programme after the quake.
Yogyakarta, Indonesia's ancient royal capital and one of its biggest cities, is located about 440km (275 miles) south-east of the capital, Jakarta on the island of Java.
Muddy roads as the water recedes in Iloilo Philippines after the Fengshen typhoon of June 2008.
This what I found out about how SOS responded to flooding in Iloilo and helped to save a 27-day-old baby in the process.
SOS Children's Village Iloilo was not affected by Typhoon Fengshen but took immediate action to help typhoon victims with shelter and food.
Rice, canned food-items and noodles were provided for the 300 families in the vicinity whose houses were still under water after the typhoon.The water-level in many areas was remaining at waist-height.
About 70 families have taken shelter at the SOS Social Centre Iloilo where they are provided with the food and essential items. These families come from the communities around the SOS Children's Village Iloilo where family support is being implemented. One of those rescued is a 27-day-old baby who was cheerfully received and is being cared for by the children in the village.
Electricity and telephone services are still not restored in many parts of Iloilo city. Generators are pressed into service to provide power in the SOS Children's Village Iloilo.
Typhoon Fengshen caused devastation across much of the central Philippines. 160 people died in flooding and landslides, while homes, bridges and roads were washed away.