SOS Children’s Villages supports 2,709 children and adolescents to return to school

Families at risk of social exclusion welcome the new school year with a high degree of vulnerability, job insecurity and difficulties not only in acquiring school supplies, textbooks and uniforms, but also in paying for supplies, rent and even covering basic needs. The significant increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) that is occurring is having a particularly severe impact on these families. This is what SOS Children’s Villages says, which from the 30 day centers it has in different parts of Spain prepare 2,450 children and adolescents to return to the classroom and help 1,339 families.

The organization for direct care of the children provides them with school supplies, textbooks, clothing, shoes and hygiene products. Likewise, when necessary, it provides food for them, either directly, through economic assistance, or through the chairs it has in some of its centers. In addition, Aldeas pays special attention to the mental and emotional health of children and adolescents affected by the changing circumstances resulting from the pandemic and crisis.

Aldeas works with them and their families throughout the year with the aim of prevention and strengthening the family in four areas of intervention: educational, social, health and basic needs. This is achieved by promoting the development and autonomy of children, adolescents and their families through skills training and strengthening their family and social networks.

Boys, girls and teenagers go to Day Centers in the afternoon after they leave school. In them, they find help at school, access to digital devices, snacks, games, one-on-one tutoring, cultural and recreational outings, as well as educational workshops, among other activities.

In the morning, the same centers work to strengthen the parenting skills of families, who also receive training to improve their employability and family life. Digital literacy, home economics, healthy eating or basic computing applied to job hunting are some of the lines of study they have access to.

Multidisciplinary teams of educators, social workers, psychologists and educators combine individualized attention with group work strategies. They also have the support of voluntary staff and work in a network with the community that surrounds the child or adolescent: educational centers, health centers or therapists, as well as the administration and social services.

The 30 day care centers that Aldeas Infantiles SOS has in Spain are in Catalonia (5), Galicia (4), Madrid (3), Andalusia (5), Castilla-La Mancha (1), Aragon (3), the Canary Islands islands (6), Valencia (1), Asturias (1) and the Balearic Islands (1).

Access to the first cycle of early childhood education

SOS Children’s Villages is also preparing to return to the classroom in the five early childhood education centers it has in Cuenca, Granada, San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid), Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Zaragoza. They are visited by boys and girls from families who need to reconcile professional and family life, and others referred by the social services, in whose homes they are in situations of vulnerability, a diversity that favors integration.

In total, the organization serves 259 boys and girls and 222 families. Working with the latter is one of the hallmarks of these centers, which have an innovative educational project based on multiple intelligences so that all boys and girls can fully develop their different capabilities, positive discipline and multisensory stimulation. , which allows us to offer comprehensive and personalized attention.

The organization ensures that early childhood education is fundamental in the evolutionary development of boys and girls and that it favors their educational performance at later levels. More specifically, in the cycle from 0 to 3 years, the foundations are laid for their proper intellectual, physical, psychomotor, emotional and social growth, and abilities and skills are acquired, which are consolidated in the second cycle. And for vulnerable children, in addition, early childhood education compensates for the disadvantages they may have at home by providing them with the necessary incentives for their proper development.

SOS Children’s Villages has been present in Spain since 1967. It is part of an international federation founded in 1949 in Austria, with a presence in 138 countries (SOS Children’s Villages). In 2016, she was awarded the Princess of Asturias Award for Concorde.

Its mission is to guarantee the right of all boys and girls to grow up in a family: in a home where they feel loved, protected and safe. To achieve this, it accompanies families who are going through difficulties and strengthens their capacity to take better care of their children, and offers a new home to boys and girls who cannot live with their parents, under the love and protection of stable reference persons and guaranteeing the principle of inseparability of brothers and sisters. Support that continues after adulthood, until the full integration of young people into society. Its aim is to ensure that every boy, girl, adolescent and young person grows up with the emotional connections they need to become the best version of themselves.

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