By Moses Nosike
AN estimated one million children globally are to be reached by 2016, according to the Family Strength Programme (FSP) of the Save Our Souls (S.O.S) Childrenâ€™s Village Nigeria.
The Village, one of the worldâ€™s oldest homes for less privileged and vulnerable children with branches in most countries of the world restated its commitment to reach the children during the formal inauguration of the Steering Committee and Sensitization seminar held in Owu-Ijebu East Local Government of Ogun State.
National Coordinator/Advocacy Officer SOS Village Nigeria, Mr. Egbosa A. Erhumwunse, said they were stirring up strength in the FSP toreach more children who are in dire need.â€
Erhumwunse who said that though resource is one of the challenges facing the organisation, however stated â€œthat the global economic meltdown has affected some of their programmes, but with the dynamism in the operation of FSP, more stakeholders are showing willingness to participate in what we are doing and with that we should be able to meet up to the challenges and tackle it and mobilize resources locally in the best interest of these needy orphans and vulnerable children.â€
Corroborating his views, Village Director, SOS Children Village, Owu-Ijebu, Mr. Benjamine Brimoh said that the inauguration of (FSP) in Ijebu-East local government is to support the weak families whose children are at the risk of losing the caring of their parents.
He noted that five communities – Owu-Ikeja, Owu-Ijebu, Itele-Ijebu, Ijebu-Imusin and Ijebu-Ife had been chosen around SOS Village to start the first phase of the programme.
Brimoh further hinted that the SOS Village Owu-Ijebu which was established in 1996 for children has been taking care of children till 2004 before the Family Strength Programme (FSP) which started with seven families was launched.
â€œWe realised that many children were abandoned and many becoming drop-outs in school because of the financial handicapped around their families.