August Round Up
1 – Celebration took place in SOS Raipur on the festival of “Hareli”
“Hareli” Festival is one of most important festival in Chhattisgarh and the day is declared a state holiday in Chhattisgarh. The word ‘Hareli’ is gotten from the Hindi word ‘Haryali’ which means greenery. It is celebrated in the month of Shravan. During this time, the farmers of Chhattisgarh worship their equipment’s used for farming and cows. During the Hareli festival the people of Chhattisgarh place branches of the Neem tree on the entrance of their houses. Celebration took place in all the family homes of SOS Children’s Village Raipur, where mothers, children and coworkers participated and rejoiced in the festival with traditional Chhattisgarhi food prepared from rice and rice flour.
2 – Cyclone Fani tree plantation drive in SOS Bhubaneswar
A massive plantation drive was held in SOS CV Bhubaneswar. Children, SOS Mothers and co-workers proudly planted 300 fruit bearing trees in collaboration with Pidilite India (Fevicol India) in the campus. Trees like Gauva, Litchi, Custard apple, Pomegranate and Mango were planted in the campus with huge zeal and enthusiasm. The drive was also focused on the participation of new children at village as per new child entry program. The trees were given name as per the name of child. Importance of plantation and tips on caring for trees was shared with the children.
3 – 30th Tara Ali Baig Memorial Lecture – “Digital Shift & Future Of Children, Youth & Society”
SOS India celebrated 8th August as the birth anniversary of Lt. Smt. Tara Ali Baig, the 2nd President of SOS Children’s Villages of India. This year, SOS India organised the 30th Tara Ali Baig Memorial Lecture on “Digital Shift & Future Of Children, Youth & Society”. The memorial lecture was graced by the presence of our Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker – Mr. Osama Manzar and Guest of Honour – Dr. Sanjay Bhatt, who enriched the session with their valuable thoughts on the importance of digitalization for the future of children. We were honored by the presence of Mr. Khalid Baig, son of Ms. Tara Ali Baig on this auspicious day.
4 – Raksha Bandhan Celebrations across SOS Children’s Villages of India
Children of SOS Bangalore along with their mothers and co-workers celebrated the occasion of Rakhi with Chief Minister of Karnataka Sri. B.S. Yediyurappa and Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala the Governor of Karnataka. In SOS Shillong, 20 children 3 mothers and 2 aunts went to Governor House for Raksha Bandhan celebrations. SOS Hojai also celebrated Raksha Bandhan with great fervor and enthusiasm. The girls prepared the “pooja thali” with diyas, roli, chawal and rakhis. They worshiped the goddesses, ties rakhis on the wrists of their brothers and wishes for their wellbeing. On the other hand, group of 8 girls, one mother along with Village Director visited the Governor’s House in Guwahati and tied Rakhis to honourable Governor of Assam Professor Jagdish Mukhi and his wife. The celebration of ‘Raksha Bandhan’ were very delightful for everyone across all the SOS Children’s Villages of India.
5 – SOS India celebrated 73rd Independence Day
Like every year SOS Children’s Villages of India celebrated 73rd Independence Day with great enthusiasm and patriotic fervour. Across all the villages the children, mothers, aunts and co-workers hosted National Flag in the morning followed by National Anthem. Many elder children even delivered speech on Independence Day telling other village members about the struggle our people suffered – for our country’s freedom.