SOS Children's Villages in The Gambia

SOS Children's Villages in The Gambia

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Irene and Hans celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last year! While they have no kids of their own, helping children has always been important to them.

When they visited SOS Children's Villages in The Gambia, Irene and Hans knew that sponsoring children was the perfect opportunity to spread their love. “We could see at once how well the village was run. The SOS mothers were so loving, and the children loved them,” Hans reflects.

They have built lasting relationships with the children they sponsored in the Gambia and Malawi, sending birthday and holiday gifts and keeping in touch long after they transitioned to adulthood!

To learn more about sponsoring a child with SOS Children’s Villages, visit https://fal.cn/3pO2P
Aloitimme tänään yhteisen seurantamatkamme Gambiassa Iso-Britannian SOS-lapsikyläjärjestön SOS Children's Villages UK ja Gambian SOS-lapsikyläjärjestön SOS Children's Villages in The Gambia kanssa viestintätyöpajalla. Työpajassa pohdimme, kuinka voimme tehdä entistä paremmin yhteistyötä tulevaisuudessa ja saada tukemiemme haavoittuvassa asemassa olevien nuorten ääntä kuuluviin.
🥳TSS Partnered with CUT N FIT Tailoring And 'Step In Beauty' To Sponsor These Three Young Ladies From SOS Children's Villages in The Gambia To Attend The Woman Boss Award Show. We Celebrate The Amazing Ladies of Women Boss Awards And Our Partner Sponsors 💕.

Cut& Fit Tailoring designed the beautiful dresses for all three ladies FOR FREE; all done in short notice 👏🏾👏🏾and they made sure the girls arrived in style!

Step In Beauty delivered their magic hand with hair and makeup; ensuring the girls brought all the glamour to the event and stayed looking gorgeous all day.

The Woman Boss Gala celebrates the Pioneer Women Of Excellence In Gambia; recognising them with nominations and awards!

We truly appreciate everyone who took part in creating an unforgettable experience for the young ladies!

Together we can bring about change in people’s lives 🙏. A big thank you to Binta from Cut N Fit, Fatou Ceesay, Step In Beauty for the partnership. And of course we are grateful for what SOS Childrens Village does in Gambia .
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Kaddy is a social worker who educates women about the consequences of female ge***al mutilation (FGM). Today, we accompany her on one of her visits to a rural community. 📽️

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 200 million women and girls are currently living with the painful consequences of FGM. In some areas of The Gambia, more than 80% of girls are affected.

SOS Children's Villages in The Gambia social workers like Kaddy are facilitating trainings and discussions of women's rights to raise awareness. So far, several communities have already abolished the practice.
Irene and Hans celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last year! While they have no kids of their own, helping children has always been important to them.

When they visited SOS Children's Villages in The Gambia, Irene and Hans knew that sponsoring children was the perfect opportunity to spread their love. “We could see at once how well the village was run. The SOS mothers were so loving, and the children loved them,” Hans reflects.

They have built lasting relationships with the children they sponsored in the Gambia and Malawi, sending birthday and holiday gifts and keeping in touch long after they transitioned to adulthood!

To learn more about sponsoring a child with SOS Children’s Villages, visit https://fal.cn/3mc1O
Countdown to 🇩🇪Minister's visit to 🇬🇲The #Gambia

At the #bakotehdumpsite our partners SOS Children's Villages The Gambia and Kanifing Municipal Council are getting ready 👍🏾:

✅ Banners up
✅ Tires removed
✅ "Green Zone" cleaned

In 3 days Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ) Minister Dr. Gerd Müller and German members of parliament Johannes Selle, Dr. Sascha Raabe, and Dr. Christoph Hoffmann are set to arrive in The Gambia.

On the agenda: A visit with KMC Mayor Talib Ahmed Bensouda to our joint project aimed at increasing living conditions and decreasing waste at the #bakotehdumpsite.
Hello

I am the Associate Director for Permanency for an organisation called achieving for children. I am responsible for all children who are looked after by the local authority from 0 to 25 . My responsibilities include overseeing adoption services and supervised contact for children that have been removed from their families. I would very much like to visit the village when I next travel to The Gambia
Big congratulations to Mr Alieu Touray, who recently completed his diploma in social work at SOS Children's Villages The Gambia

With this qualification, Alieu will now be able to deliver his amputee peer-counselling programme on a bigger scale over the coming years. We are proud to be working with you Mr Touray 🎓
Is there a phone number that will be answered.
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SOS Children's Villages The Gambia organised a 3 days National Recreation Day for over 117 Youth in Bakoteh and Basse Locations respectively.
The three days event is to create platform for discussions on key thematic areas that affects youth such as Teenage Pregnancy, Drug Abuse and impact of teenage pregnancy on the female youth etc, etc
Additionally, the three days will also give them the opportunity to interact amongst themselves.
All the presentations were done by current SOS Youth which clearly demonstrates the notion to promote child participation and youth empowerment.

Photos courtesy of NFSC currently in Basse
I must say today is one of the happiest day of our lives .Today our team visited SoS Childrens village, The Gambia with food items. @agiramou Jafuneh and I Aja Mariatou attended SOS Upper basic for our middle school education and we never forgot about this place. As former students , as friends, as wives and mothers, we decided to give back to SoS Childrens village. SoS has always been our family and is still our family. Thank you for allowing our team to give back to the community. SOS Children's Villages The Gambia

SOS Children’s Villages in The Gambia is a Non–Governmental Social Development Organization (NGO) with a mission of building families for children in need (those who have lost parental care, and those at risk of losing parental care).

HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT? FOR CORPORATES
SPONSOR A FAMILY HOUSE D468, 000 per year
This product entails the provision of funds to partly sponsor the running cost of a family house at the SOS Children’s Village in Bakoteh. The funds provided will be used for clothing, medical, educational and food expenses of the children within the chosen family house. The sponsored family house will be named after t

Operating as usual

19/07/2022

THROW BACK

SOS Children’s Villages Briefs NA Select Committee on Children, Women & Social Welfare – SOS The Gambia 08/07/2022

SOS Children’s Villages Briefs NA Select Committee on Children, Women & Social Welfare – SOS The Gambia

https://sosgambia.org/main/info/sos-childrens-villages-briefs-na-select-committee-on-children-women-social-welfare/

SOS Children’s Villages Briefs NA Select Committee on Children, Women & Social Welfare – SOS The Gambia Categories Info News SOS Children’s Villages Briefs NA Select Committee on Children, Women & Social Welfare Post author By Almami Barrow Post date 08/07/2022 No Comments on SOS Children’s Villages Briefs NA Select Committee on Children, Women & Social Welfare On Monday the 4th of July 2022, we h...

Photos from SOS Children's Villages in The Gambia's post 05/07/2022

Earlier on Monday the 4th of July 2022, we had a two hours fruitful discussion with the National Assembly Committee on Children, Gender, and Social Welfare at the Gambia National Assembly Chambers in Banjul.
The purpose of the engagement was to brief the Select Committee on SOS Children’s Village's work in The Gambia (What we do, our impact, and challenges). We also took the opportunity to advocate for our target group and vulnerable children and young people in The Gambia
In addition, we informed the committee about our newly developed National Gatekeeping Guideline and its importance, especially in ensuring quality and the rightful placement of children in need of care in the aspect of necessity and appropriateness
SOS Children’s Villages further took the opportunity to stress the importance and introduction of care options in The Gambia as the review of the Children’s Act 2005 is currently ongoing.
The team was led by the National Director and the management team.

www.sosgambia.org

02/07/2022

In 1982, SOS Children's Villages in The Gambia opened the first Children's Village in Bakoteh with 6 family houses to care for children who have lost parental care and those at risk.

Since its inception, we continue to operate and implement a series of programs, from alternative, family strengthening, education programs, youth empowerment projects, women and community empowerment projects, and many more to ensure that No Child Should Grow Up Alone in The Gambia.

This year we are marking 40 years of service to the plight of vulnerable children, young people, and women in The Gambia.

Our 40 years of experience shows that when children in our target group are able to thrive, they are more likely to contribute positively to their communities and, if they have children, to be good parents themselves.

In this way, the work made possible by our many the Government of The Gambia, donors, and partners not only impacts hundreds of thousands of children and young people today, it also helps to ensure a brighter future for generations to come.

Follow us for updates on our social media platforms and website for our upcoming programs in marking this day.

www.sosgambia.org

02/07/2022

Congratulations 🎉 to Kanny who today graduated from High School

We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

We are proud of you

27/06/2022

The importance of the participation of children and young people cannot be overemphasized with particular reference to experiential young people who are the expert on issues at hand.

The processes of engagement and meaningful discussions equip young people with better problem-solving which will eventually help them become effective leaders, empowered as they reach adulthood.

www.sosgambia.org

26/06/2022

What is the SERVY Project in The Gambia?

In 2019, SOS Children’s Villages in The Gambia through SOS Children’s Villages in Finland started the implementation of a four years project called Social and Economic Resilience of Vulnerable Youths Project – SERVY designed to empower vulnerable youth in Lower River Region, & Central River Regions of The Gambia.

The Project targets 600 vulnerable youth between the ages of 15 to 35 years with an annual target of 150 youth in the Upper and Central River Regions of The Gambia

The project’s goal is to improve the socioeconomic wellbeing of vulnerable youth in the Gambia. The project intents to contribute to the increased proportion of vulnerable youth who are economically and socially resilient, independent and integrated members of their communities.

Project funded by : SERVY is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland.

click on the link for more details about the project.
https://sosgambia.org/main/info/what-is-servy-project-in-the-gambia/ or www.sosgambia.org

Photos from SOS Children's Villages in The Gambia's post 24/06/2022

Pictorial at the SOS Children's Villages Day ( SOS Day 2022)

22/06/2022

NO CHILD SHOULD GROWUP ALONE

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT OF SOS CHILDREN'S VILLAGES ON SOS CHILDREN'S VILLAGES DAY.

“Hermann Gmeiner together with Maria Hofer and other social visionaries believed that every child needs reliable relationships and a place of belonging. Today, on Herman Gmeiner’ s 103rd birthday and more than 70 years after the founding of SOS Children’s Villages, this legacy is as relevant as ever.”

“From the war in Ukraine to the chronic food insecurity in the Horn of Africa, from harmful effects of the pandemic to the exodus of over 100 million people forcefully displaced, children around the world risk growing up without the support they need to survive, let alone thrive.

Now more than ever, we must keep families together by offering services that strengthen them in the face of multifold hardships. We must step up to innovative care options that are tailored to the unique needs of each child.

We must continue to raise our voices to call on governments, institutions and communities to advance social protection and honor the well-being and the rights of all children.”

Dereje Wordofa, President of SOS Children’s Villages.

18/06/2022

Hi everyyone,

Join us today at the SOS Childrens’s Village in Bakoteh witn your kids to have fun with loads of activities and varieties of food to buy and eat.

The event starts @12noon today till 6pm.

Bring along your families and friends

16/06/2022

To we celebrate Day of the African Child and the theme for the Day of the African Child (DAC) 2022 is “Eliminating Harmful Practices Affecting Children: Progress on Policy & Practice since 2013”. The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (Committee), established under Articles 32 and 33 of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (the Charter) selected this theme for the commemoration of the DAC in 2022.

Across regions, millions of children continue to suffer from various forms of harmful practices, including female ge***al mutilation, early and forced marriage, breast ironing, son preference, female infanticide, virginity testing, honour crimes, bonded labour, forced feeding and nutritional taboos.

SOS Children’s Villages in The Gambia in partnership with the Government of The Gambia and with partners will be commemorating the day on the 18th of June Saturday at the Lower River Region in Mansakonko.

HAPPY CHILDREN’DAY in AFRICA

10/06/2022

We were pleased to have received our PSA colleagues from SOS Children's Villages UK and Finland who are in The Gambia for a monitoring visit of projects funded by their respective countries in The Gambia.

Welcome to The Gambia

www.sosgambia.org

Photos from SOS Children's Villages in The Gambia's post 09/06/2022

On Wednesday the 8th of June 2022, SOS Children’s Villages in The Gambia and ASPTT for the first time launched the Kidisport Initiative in The Gambia.

ASPTT Federation Omnisports is an organization in France that promotes inclusive sport. As part of strategies to support their mandate, They have a project called Kidisport which is aimed at offering children aged 3-9 years including those with mental and motor disabilities with physical and sports activities. Already launched in Senegal and Cape Verde.

The initiative aims to build and strengthen a generalized motor program among kids eg; running, jumping, crawling, sliding, rolling, pushing, pulling, judo, karate, wrestling, basketball, handball, football, volleyball, tennis, table tennis, badminton long jump, sprint, endurance, floor gymnastics.

The event was officially launched by the Honorable Minister for Youths and Sport of The Gambia Mr. Bakary Y Badjie.

For more visit our website www.sosgambia.org.

Photos from SOS Children's Villages in The Gambia's post 31/05/2022

Access to information and service on SRHR has become a challenge to many young people in The Gambia especially for girls.

Therefore , to consolidate our initial Sexual and Reproductive Health Right (SRHR) interventions, scale-up initiatives and introduce new preventive, mitigating and resilience building measures, SOS Children's Villages in The Gambia with Fantanka has signed a longer term contract to increase access to sexual and reproductive health right (SRHR) Products, Services and Capacity Building for our programmes participants.

www.sosgambia.org.

28/05/2022

We are happy to share with you the 2nd Edition of our Newsletter 2022.

Please click on the link to find

https://sosgambia.org/main/info/2nd-edition-newsletter/

Photos from SOS Children's Villages in The Gambia's post 28/05/2022

SOS Children’s Villages believes that partnership and collaboration is becoming evident and necessary especially when it comes to issues relating to children, women and youth development around the world.

Thus on Friday the 27th of May 2022, we signed an Memorandum of Understanding with Mbolo Association to strengthen partnership and cooperation between SOS Children’s Villages and Mbolo Association in The Gambia

What is Mbolo Association?
Mbolo Association is a non-profit organization based in The Gambia since 2010. The association strongly advocates for alleviating poverty whilst protecting the environment and promoting gender equality. Fandema is the Mbolo Association’s flagship project located in Tujereng and addresses one of the priorities of The Gambia: To enhance women’s livelihoods by strengthening their productive capacities and abilities through training in entrepreneurship whilst powering their professional activities with renewable energy.

Two main areas of cooperation

• Strategic: Aspiring to jointly reach strategic objectives of the parties’ target groups; jointly mobilize funds and engage donors (locally and internationally); Co-funding commitments; Advocate on specific development themes (Climate Change, Youth and Women Empowerment, Gender and Environmental Protection)
• Operational: Jointly implement projects; joint capacity building and training; mentoring and coaching.

The signing ceremony was witness by the National Director SOS Children's Villages in The Gambia , Chairman Mbolo Association and other key staff of both parties.

For more on what we do , visit our website : www.sosgambia.org

17/05/2022

Mummy Therese is one of the longest serving SOS Mother in Bakoteh.

To ensure that her children grow up with the bonds they need to become their strongest selves, Mummy Therese provides them with all the child care support the children need.

Thank you Mummy Therese 😃😃😃

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