Cross section of SOS mothers at the 2019 mother’s day indoor program
In commemoration of Mother’s Day here, mothers from the SOS Children’s Village Monrovia embark on an outreach program in SD Cooper road community, outside Monrovia, educating residents, specifically women on positive discipline, good parenting, child safeguarding and other relevant skills.
The head of the delegation Mother Ruthie Kantan, cautions residents about personal hygiene and sanitation.
“As we celebrate Mother’s Day, we thought to reach out to residents of this community particularly the disadvantage and the needy”, says Mother Kantan. She indicates that the visit to the SD Cooper Road Community was initial visitations to this year’s outreach activities within Monrovia and its environs. “Our focus is to provide child safeguarding and other relevant skills to parents of various communities especially, the most vulnerable,” she affirms.
Speaking at the outreach program, Ruth Blamah, an SOS parent notes, “taking care of your children is your sole responsibility as parents; therefore, you need to play that role as a responsible parents”, and adds, “the minds of women need to be transformed, because our survival as women depends on our ability to adapt to new environment and to new mindsets.”
As part of the outreach activities children were also taught protective behavior as well as their rights and responsibilities. Over two hundred children benefited from the outreach program and received gifts in addition to the knowledge acquired.
In appreciation, Prince Somah, Community Chairman of the SD Cooper community lauds the SOS family for selecting his community for its outreach. “The gesture of the SOS mothers was timely and is welcoming by the women and residents of this community.”
The Chairman also says the children needed all the help they could get from other partners and SOS Children’s Village intervention was necessary. “The candies, biscuits, juice,
cheese buds and the takeaway bags demonstrated your love for children,” he asserts. Marie Zogar, chairlady for women of the community thanks the SOS mothers and describes their visitation as timely, saying, “The knowledge impacted and the gift of food items will be remembered.
The mothers of the SOS children’s Village Monrovia also participated in radio discussions on two local radio stations, providing education on similar topics.
SOS Children’s Villages Liberia is a member of a global federation working to protect and care for children who have lost parental care, or who stand at risk of losing it. The organization works in 135 countries and territories, ensuring that the rights of all children, in every society, are fulfilled. The organization has been working in Liberia since 1981 and has impacted the lives of many children and working to empower vulnerable children and families.