The International Director for West and Central Africa Region of the SOS Children Villages International, Benoit Piot, has disclosed that the institution is currently exploring new funding opportunities to extend its program to benefit more children.
“We are looking for new funding opportunities to make sure that we can reach out to more and more children,” the SOS top official emphasized.
Piot asserted that it is the vision of the National Director to extend the programs of SOS Children’s Villages in Liberia, noting that such ambitious plan will need the financial support of donors.
He revealed that the main concern of the institution is to maintain the quality of the program it is providing to the children of Liberia, stating: “We have an ambition to make sure that every beneficiary and participant in our program has a very high quality of services.”
Speaking to reporters during a national visit to the SOS Children’s Villages Liberia recently, Piot stated that the intent of his visit is to support the SOS Children’s Villages in Liberia in ensuring that the Liberian children in its program get proper care.
He indicated that his visit is also intended to assess the conditions under which the children are living aimed at forwarding recommendations that make sure that the SOS Children’s Villages programs are more relevant to the growth and development of the children.
“This is an opportunity to see where we are and how we are moving forward in the quality of care that we are providing for our children in the SOS Villages as well as the family strengthening program,” Piot maintained.
He expressed delight in the work done so far by the SOS National Director, Mr. Augustine Allieu, stressing: “I am happy with the work done by the National Director. I am satisfied with what we are doing for the children in Liberia.”
Piot said although there is a lot of progress made by the government in terms of child’s right but stressed that the organization still need to do more in protecting the rights of children across the country.
“We need to work closer with the National Government in providing our technical support to them to ensure that the children in Liberia are safe,” Piot noted.
Piot emphasized that there is a need t institute measures that will protect children from harm, most especially girls who according to him are more vulnerable.