Mothers of international child care giving institution, the SOS Villages Ghana and Togo have benefitted from an SOS Mothers Forum which came off in the Ashanti regional capital Kumasi.
The care institution has since the 1940s provided shelter and care for vulnerable children who have either lost parental care or stand the risk of losing parental care and currently operates from 136 countries and territories.
In Ghana, the SOS Villages caters for some 600 children in its homes and provides family strengthening support for thousands of households in its four centres located in Tema in the Greater Accra Region, Asiakwa in the Eastern Region, Tamale in the Northern Region and Kumasi in the Ashanti region.
The SOS Mothers’ refresher retreat camp created an avenue for the Mothers who form the core of care agents in the orphanage’s home based care centres, to share best practices and add on to their knowledge in tackling the emerging challenges of child care in the 21st century.
Speaking to Ultimate News on the sidelines of the event; National family based care and child protection advisor of the SOS Villages Josiah Bernard Nartey indicated that the forum formed part of events scheduled to sharpen the resolve of the SOS Mothers to deliver on the objectives of the organisation.
“The SOS Mothers are the corner stone of the work that we do and we want them to impact positively on the lives of the children. We believe that when we build on the capacities of the SOS Mothers, they will create an enabling environment for the children to grow taking into account their best interest,” He explained.
An SOS mother Eva Padi shared some valuable lessons that care givers would need to glean to make them effective at their work.
She told reporter Ivan Heathcote – Fumador, that the mothers needed to independently equip themselves to support their children in their educational, emotional and material needs without necessarily always seeking help from the organisation.
She intimated, “For the children with academic challenges, you the parent would have to be patient and provide the material needs for the child and if you can, teach him or her in the house. It’s not everything that we go to our authorities to provide. We do a lot of things with our own help.”
Assistant NATIONAL SPONSORSHIP COORDINATOR for the SOS Villages Togo, KOFFI AGbonon Magloire described the event as beneficial to his entourage of SOS Mothers who travelled in from the four SOS centres in Togo to be part of the program.
“It’s been a great experience for SOS Mothers from Togo because, they shared ideas, good practices, and positive experiences and they have learnt a lot from their counterparts in Ghana. From what we gained so far, we think we can do much when we go back to Togo,” Magloore stated.
The team Of Mothers were also treated to a host of fun filled activities, excursions and learning of crafts and commercially viable vocations.
Ivan Heathcote – Fumador/Stephanie Denkyi