August Round Up

As the journey of COVID-19 continues so does the journey of SOS India. With some relaxations slowly everyone is getting back on track towards their routine lives. Right from our dynamic youth Grace Valentine getting her article published in a renowned journal to electing new leaders of the Children Committee in SOS Chennai, our children are also back with their energetic selves. The month also came with two auspicious occasion – Krishan Janmashtami and Independence Day. Children across all the 32 villages celebrated these occasions with immense joy and enthusiasm, but also keeping in mind their safety. Below mentioned are few of the activities that took place across SOS Children’s Villages:- 

Dynamic SOS Youth – Grace makes us proud!

As life around them came to a standstill in Hyderabad, Ch. Grace a dynamic student who is working towards her dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur in the field of Food Technology and Management did not give up. The young enthusiastic girl grabbed the opportunity and worked hard to achieve her goal in life. One of her research papers is published on In-vitro Anticancer and Antioxidant Activity of Green Coffee Beans Extract. Green coffee beans is claimed to be an effective Anticancer, Anti diabetic, Anti-obesity and Anti-oxidant. Ch. Grace feels happy and privileged to have her research paper published in an international journal, which is also the first great achievement of her life. She did her experiments at the Greensmed Lab in Chennai. Then the paper was sent to the Science Domain International Food Science Articles, and finally Asian Food Science Journal accepted her research and published the same.

SOS Chennai elected the New Children Committee leaders

On 9th August, after counting the votes, oath ceremony was organized for the New Children Committee leaders at SOS Children’s Village. SOS Youth – Hemalatha as the returning officer. She invited nominations from the children for President, Vice-President and Secretary. Elections were conducted for 3 groups (6-10 boys and girls). All those who were a part of the nominations were given the opportunity to meet the candidates (each candidate to present why they need to be elected). Along with this, ballot paper was given to the children to cast their votes for the preferred candidates. It was a fulfilled and excited day for children.

Krishan Janmashtami festivities across SOS Children’s Villages

Even in the ongoing difficult times, our children across the nation could not keep aside their excitement for Krishna Janmashtami celebrations. Unlike other years, children and SOS mother celebration the occasion in their respective Family Homes with beautiful décor and delicious food. Many of the younger ones were seen dressed as Krishna Ji and Radha Ji. SOS Mothers and co-workers made sure to keep the safety of every child in mind while conducting Janmashtami celebrations. Children were also made aware about the good deeds and values of Shri Krishan Ji.

SOS India celebrates 74th Independence Day

Embarking the 74th year of Independence, children across all SOS Children’s Villages of India celebrated Independence Day with great zeal and enthusiasm. Holding National Flag in their hands, these children represented the bright future of our country. Across India various programmes and activities were conducted for the children. On the special occasion of Independence Day, Honorable guardian cabinet minister Raigad District, Aditi Sunil Tatkare visited our SOS Children’s Village Alibaug along with Alibaug Block Tehsildar Mr. Sachin Shejal. She was welcomed in a tradition way by SOS mother. Ms. Aditi gave gifts (School bag and some stationery) as a token of thanks to children. She enjoyed speaking to those who had recently passed class X and XII exams. Honorable Minister was very impressed and said “I feel privileged to have got this chance to visit this wonderful place. It is simply an amazing feeling to know how the management works to transform the lives children.”

‘A life in making’ – FB Live session with Actor – Sanjana Sanghi, SG – Sudarshan Suchi and SOS youth

On 26th August, SOS India organized a live zoom call between Actor- Sanjana Sanghi, Secretary General – Sudarshan Suchi and SOS Youth – Neelima and Grace. The main aim of this discussion was to bring out the challenges in their respective journeys but highlighting the commonality of human anxieties, aspirations and anneal capacities. Sanjana and the SOS Youth walked everyone through an interactive discussion through Facebook live for the viewer to see the human side of an actor while weaving in the values to attain and sustain one’s success. Our 7,000 children across the nations directly benefited from this discussion by hearing inspiring stories from Sanjana and others.

FSP Vishakhapatnam strengthens families by providing alternative source of income

In Visakhapatnam 3 caregivers had purchased cows, as part of Family Strengthening Programme (FSP). During the lockdown, their business has helped them get by; as milk selling within the village has provided an alternative source of income. It is heartening to FSP has helped marginalized families.

3 days Awareness Campaign on COVID-19 – FSP Raipur

The rapid and extensive spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has become a major cause of concern for all of us. This is leading to a need for regular awareness programs on COVID-19 in FSP communities to minimize the risk of transmission. Recently, for spreading information against Covid-19 and taking protective measures against coronavirus, we spread awareness in 3 FSP locations through loud speaker facility by our FSP team in Raipur.

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