SOS Children Villages Rejuvenate Association

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The SOS Children Villages, Ghana, has inaugurated fifty association members to augment its governance structure.

The members, who have varying academic and professional backgrounds, include Dr Abdul- Nashiru Issahaku, Governor, Bank of Ghana, would be helping the international child care movement to pursue its goals and objectives in Ghana on voluntary basis.

According to Mr Maxwell Kojo Atta-Krah, Board Chair, SOS Villages Ghana, a large number of association members had died while others were physically incapable of offering themselves for the movement’s service.

“It has therefore become necessary for us to recognise and rejuvenate the association and we are most honoured by your interest to be part of the body.”

He said Ghana being a member of the SOS international federation shared in the vision of the federation; every child belongs to a family and grows with love, respect and security.

“Globally, SOS Children Villages has adopted a 2030 strategy that captioned :”No child should grow up alone”, adding that out of the strategy, the movement would build on its past experiences with well-defined goals to improve child care support

According to him, the principal goals set by the movement are that by 2030 ”we ensure that many more children have a loving home and an equal chance to succeed in life and that by 2030” we lead the world as the most effective child care movement to make sure that no child grows up alone”.

Mr Atta-Kra said seven strategic initiatives through with the goals would be realised include innovating and growing alternative care and deepening its integration into communities and focusing on preventing family separation and work at strengthening families.

He called on the members to among others “act in accordance with and to uphold the UN Guidelines, to advocate for the rights of the child and become ambassadors for the organisation and speak on behalf of children everywhere.

“The needs of the vulnerable children and communities are numerous and their problems are complex. Let us join hands to make it a safe environment for vulnerable children so that they can better explore and exploit the opportunities that emerge for the development of their lives,” he said.

Mr Alexander Mar Kekula, National Director, SOS Children’s Villages Ghana, said there were four SOS Villages in Ghana located in Tema, Asiakwa, Kumasi and Tamale with a total population of 640 children and youth.

“Our community intervention schemes has also reached out to 1,230 families in 18 communities, supported 5,000 children and graduated 1,102 youth through our technical and Vocational training,” he said.

The first SOS village was founded by Hermann Gmeiner in 1949 in Imst, Austria while Ghana had its first opened in Tema in 1974.

The SOS Village concept seeks to create a safe, caring and loving home for children where their basic needs would be met.

GNA/Newsghana.com.gh

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