The month of October was full of exciting events and some of the most awaited festivals. In the beginning of the month, “Say No to single use Plastic” awareness campaign was organised in the wake of Gandhi Jayanti. Mansi Dahiya made her SOS Family proud by winning 2nd Prize in the painting competition for differently abled children on World Habitat Day 2019. On Dussehra, FSP Bhubaneshwar team celebrated the festival differently by taking children for educational outings. In the festive feels, an NGO Meet and Diwali Mela was organised by Aditi Mahavidyalaya. All the children were made aware about importance of girl child on the occasion of International Girl Child Day.
“Say No to single use Plastic” drive by SOS Children’s Village Greenfields
Nature is for everyone and plastic is very harmful for the earth. It may look quite useful, but with time it only harms us. With this thought in mind, children of SOS CV Greenfields conducted a “Say No to single use Plastic” drive on 2nd October at Town Park – Sector 12, Faridabad. Children spread awareness about the harmful effects of plastic. The overall programme was a huge success as more than 350 people joined and actively participated in the drive.
Cleaning Campaign by SOS CV Jaipur on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi
Cleanliness is an important factor of life. It is one of the most important practices for a clean and healthy environment. Children from SOS CV Jaipur disseminated awareness about cleanliness and its benefits. In fact, the co-workers visited a nearby government school and educated students about the importance of cleanliness. After that, children from SOS CV Jaipur along with the government school students cleaned the school campus and within a couple of hours, the school premises looked neat and clean. The salient part of this activity was to make children aware about the harmful effects of plastic. Over 500 children & SOS Staff pledged to discard plastic forever after the cleanliness drive.
World Habitat Day 2019 – Painting competition for differently abled children
On World Habitat Day 2019 – Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Government of India organized a painting competition for differently abled children. Theme for the painting competition was frontier technologies as an innovative tool to transform waste to wealth. SOS Children’s Villages of India received an invitation from Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC) for this painting competition and 24 children from SOS CV Khajuri Kalan participated. Mansi Dahiya made entire SOS Family proud by winning the 2nd Prize, that included prize money of Rs.7500/- and a certificate.
Dussehra celebrations at FSP Bhubaneswar
This year, SOS India celebrated Dussehra differently. Children from our Family Strengthening Programme in Bhubaneshwar got the opportunity for two educational outings – Regional Science Centre and the Pathani Samant Planetarium. The objective of these visits was to bring all the children together and educate them about the concept of building friendships, exploring puja pandals, enjoying festive food and learning new things. The children also went on exploring scientific theories and dynamics they studied in their classes.
Global Handwashing Day – FSP Bhubaneswar
On the occasion of Global Handwashing Day on 15th October, FSP Bhubaneswar team organized a workshop for 60 of our community children in Dalua village. Along with the children, Teachers, SHG leaders, as well as our staff participated in the workshop. The school headmaster took special efforts in explaining children about the importance of washing hands. Special handwashing liquids were provided to the school for this workshop. The children had an awesome time learning and practicing in different handwashing activities. The #NoChildAlone campaign was incorporated in this, which brought solidarity among all children.
NGO Meet and Diwali Mela by Aditi Mahavidyalaya
With more than 100 participants from different NGO’s, students, lectures and FSP coworkers on 21 October, Aditi Mahavidyalaya organized an NGO meet and Diwali Mela. During the event, FSP coworkers explained people about the different programmes led by SOS India along with the details of #NoChildAlone Campaign. Towards the end participants were asked to show support for the campaign by giving missed calls and signing pledges.
Corporate visit by FSP Bangalore to DHL office for youths of Vocational training course
On 12th October, FSP team from Bangalore organized a corporate visit to DHL office. This visit was organized for youths who are currently attending the vocational training course with the support of SOS Children’s Villages of India. Main focus of this visit was to provide them with new experiences about corporate companies, job opportunities and expectations that companies have from candidates.
Disaster Risk Reduction awareness program organised by the FSP Nagapattinam
Family Strengthening Programme team of Nagapattinam organised a Disaster Risk Reduction awareness program on 13th October known as World Disaster Risk Reduction Day. They conducted an awareness demonstration program on Disaster Risk Management and Safe Diwali associated with Fire and Rescue Service. Around 300 participants participated in the awareness program including FSP caregivers, Young volunteers and community participants. The Fire and Rescue team demonstrated about the preventive methods to be taken during various disasters and natural calamities such as Flood, Cyclone, Heavy rain and Tsunami. They also explained about the safety methods during man-made disasters such as fire, accident, gas cylinder burst etc.
International Girl Child Day
On the occasion of International Girl Child Day 2019, various activities were organised across different villages of SOS India. Many children, youths and community members participated in programs. The celebrations on this day emphasized the importance of Girl child in the community as well as in India.The caregivers and communities were addressed to stop certain practices taken against the holistic development of any girl child. They were briefed about the Toll Free Helpline Number – 1098 along with the need and importance of the girl child education. #NoChildAlone Campaign was discussed to raise awareness on children not receiving parental care and how we could contribute to the cause. All the sessions were mainly on the importance of greater opportunities for girls & awareness about gender discrimination, motivating them to transcend the barriers and make the impossible turn into possible.
ITC Ltd ties up with SOS India for Diwali celebrations
Before heading off for Diwali holidays, employees of ITC Ltd participated in an engagement activity organised by SOS Children’s Village Greenfields. The employees made artistic Rangoli with our children and awarded the children with “Best Rangoli award”. All the village co-workers along with the children and ITC team decorated the entire villages with Diyas and other materials.