Empowering Communities Through Livelihood Programs


(Representatives of SOS Children’s Village Calbayog during the distribution of fishing kits.)

SOS Children’s Villages Calbayog, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Calbayog, distributed 12 fishing boats and 24 baking kits to deserving participants enrolled in SOS’ Family Strengthening Program.

Aside from providing loving homes to abandoned and neglected children, SOS Children’s Villages aims to prevent vulnerable families from breaking down due to poverty. SOS’ Family Strengthening Program was established with the intent of reducing cases of child abandonment and neglect through providing assistance in accessing government support, conducting livelihood programs, and distributing relief packs to disadvantaged families.

A series of workshops about financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and technical skills were conducted before the distribution of livelihood supplies. This is to ensure that the supplies will be utilized wisely and efficiently. Twenty-four beneficiaries were able to successfully complete the Basic Bread Making Course and were awarded baking kits. Each kit consists of yeast, sugar, flour, eggs, milk, butter, and baking pans.


 (Chosen FSP beneficiaries received their start-up baking kits on August 28,2020.)

Meanwhile, 12 local fishermen living in the coastal areas of Calbayog who were also beneficiaries of the Family Strengthening Program received basic fishing kits. A single basic fishing kit consists of fish hooks, nylons, headlights, cap, long-sleeves shirt, lunchbox, tumbler, and a fishing boat. These were distributed on August 28, 2020, in Barangay Mangiinoo.

 “We don’t want to provide support that will only produce half-baked results. To empower families, we must equip them with tools that can help them sustain their daily needs. Through this initiative, we hope that more children will remain well-fed inside their own homes”, said SOS Children’s Village Calbayog Village Director Emily Torculas.

SOS Children’s Village Calbayog and the Rotary Club of Calbayog’s shared passion for serving the community has been the inspiration behind this project. Thanks to the support of the members and partners of the Rotary Club of Calbayog, the tools and workshops were provided to families in need.