Helping the local community to improve the life situation of vulnerable families, SOS Children's Villages Uzbekistan contributes to the well-being of families and children, strengthening the importance of the family environment for the growth and development of children, as well as the prevention of social orphanhood.
Since 2007, the Association has been running the Family Strengthening, which provides comprehensive assistance to families in difficult situations in order to create the most favourable conditions for the development of a child in the own family.
The ongoing work with families includes a range of services aimed at preventing social orphanage and preventing children from getting into alternative care:
• Educational, medical, psychological and social assistance, improving the living conditions of the child, support the formation of the child’s self-awareness.
• Development of the abilities and skills of adults to care for children and protect their rights and interests.
• Improving financial situation and ensuring a stable income by assisting parents in obtaining professional qualifications, employment and starting a small business.
In the Family Strengthening, a set of necessary socio-psychological services are provided, assistance in finding employment and legal support, and in Social Enterprises organized as part of projects, families in difficult life situations can improve their economic situation and gain economic independence.
At the Family Strengthening, there are Children's Day Care Centers, where children play and study while their parents consult with specialists or work and study at the Social Enterprises.
Our achievements for 2007-2016
• About 2,000 children from 735 families in the cities of Tashkent, Urgench and Samarkand received social, psychological and educational support.
• On average, 10 children were temporarily placed every month to the short-term care for children in Samarkand, whose families find themselves in difficult life circumstances. There they receive medical, pedagogical, psychological and social assistance, while the specialists work with their families.
• 15 jobs were created in 3 pilot social enterprises in 2 communities of the city of Samarkand, in order to increase the level of family well-being.
• 170 children returned to their families after the crisis was resolved and the atmosphere became acceptable for their return.
• 60% of families receiving services - Family Strengthening, left the service due to the restoration of their socio-economic well-being.