Created with the aim of preserving the family unit for fatherless orphans affected by war, SEF began its fieldwork in 1978.
SEF began by providing support for orphans and their mothers in a heavily fragmented post-war society.

Its services ranged from :
a) Helping mothers adjust to changes affecting the family unit as a result of war
b) Continuing to support the disenfranchised family unit through ensuring childrens’ healthy development – socially, medically, and academically, to help those children become a support system for the family and to easily incorporate themselves as contributors to their surrounding societies.

Today, SEF continues to provide support for some of society’s most marginalized youth and their mothers, and has already provided such support for over 325 families comprised of over 1,200 children.