SOS Tarang 2017

Declared by the UN General Assembly in 1954, the Universal Children’s Day signifies the protection of a number of children’s rights including the right to life, to health, to education and to play. Also recognised are the right to family life, to be protected from violence, to not be discriminated and to have their views heard. SOS Children’s Villages of India, one of the largest self-implementing NGOs in the child care sector in India has been pro-actively striving towards the protection of these rights and providing loving homes to once parentless and abandoned children.  The National Sports and Cultural Competition 2017, namely SOS Tarang, is a culmination and celebration of all that it stands for.

To commemorate Universal Children’s Day, SOS India organises a series of regional and zonal level competitions every year to showcase talents of SOS Children in the fields of arts, culture and sports. This series culminated into National Level Competition and a grand finale event was organised from 18th to 20th November, 2017 in New Delhi. Children from across the 32 Children’s Villages participated in the following competitions:
Inauguration on 18th November, 2017

The event commenced on the 18th November with the screening of the SOS India’s Tarang film at Hermann Gmeiner School, Faridabad, Delhi NCR which offered a glimpse to the fun moments the children had in the regional and zonal competitions. This was followed by a welcome note by SOS India Board of Director (BoD), Mr. D. Ranganathan post which there was an interactive session with the children. All the participating children, dressed in their zonal uniforms, Secretary General Ms. Anuja Bansal, BoD Mr. D. Ranganathan and co-workers  were present for the inauguration of SOS Tarang. It was also declared that a sport match should be played in the inauguration ceremony next year onwards. The day ended with all the participating children being taken to the Sound and Light Show at Purana Quila (Old Fort), New Delhi.
Final matches on 19th November, 2017

On the following day, 19th November, 2017 the Final National Matches of Badminton, Volleyball, Relay Race, and the 200 metre Race (for boys and girls respectively), were held amongst a surge of anticipation and excitement, at the Herman Gmeiner School, Fairdabad and at the SOS Children’s Village Greenfields respectively. All the Village Directors and Zonal Directors were cheering for their respective Zones. The day ended with a memorable Cricket Match between all the Village Directors. It became the children’s turn to cheer for their Village Directors and everyone had a glorious time with the strengthening bonds.

Grand finale on 20th November, 2017

The event grand finale took place on 20th November along with the prize distribution ceremony was held at the Sri Sathya Sai Auditorium, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 5.00pm onwards. The final day saw the Final round of the Skit and Talent Show Competition held earlier at the zonal and regional levels. The skits from each zone revolved around the two themes of “changing trends in fashion“ and “bullying in the classrooms“. Ms. Padma, a corporate professional and Mr. Arjun Singh, software development professional, the two settled youth of SOS India also shared their journey experience of growing up in the SOS Village; and how the support from their SOS Mothers and co-workers helped them in achieving their dreams. The audience also witnessed the Folk Dance performance by the specially abled children from SOS Village Khajuri Kalan amongst the finalists from the four Zones. The Indian National Anthem also presented by the special children from SOS Children’s Village, Khajuri Kalan in sign language was the highlight of the day.
The event was hosted by the exuberant twosome Ms. Tanya Uke and Ms. Shruti Dwivedi from the Fund, Development and Communication team at Nizamuddin Office. Children from across India performed enthusiastically and their months of hardwork and determination was visible in the exemplary quality of their performances. Live performances of the skit and talent shows by the winners of the regional and zonal competitions also enthralled the audiences.
The audience included attendance from President of SOS India Mr. S. Sandilya, Secretary General Ms. Anuja Bansal, Board Members Mr. Ashok Behari Lall, Mrs. Sarita Gandhi, Mr. D. Ranganathan and Mr. Ashis Kumar Ray. The National Management Team, Zonal Directors, Village Directors, Co-Workers, Donors, Corporate Partners and many more were all present to support the children on stage. Key representatives from few of our corporate partners also graced the event solidifying their commitment of ensuring that no child should grow up alone:
  • Canon India Pvt Ltd
  • Bombay Suburban Electric Supply (BSES)
  • HSBC Electronic Data Processing India Pvt Ltd
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)
  • Mercer Consulting India Private Limited
  • Indus Towers Ltd
  • Tata Steel Limited
  • United Colours of Benetton
Mr. Hemant Choudhury and Ms. Neetu Sharma from National School of Drama Repertory, New Delhi were present to judge the skit competitions. Ms. Kum Kum Sengupta, Mr. Kumar Chandra Bhushan and Mr. Karan Jha also provided insights as the judges of the talent show competition.

Ms. Anuja Bansal, Secretary General, SOS Children’s Villages of India said “On the occasion of the International Children’s Day, let us take a pledge to do everything in our power to protect and promote children’s rights to survive, thrive, learn, grow and make their voices heard and reach their full potential. I urge all our stakeholders, especially the Media to spread the message and remind people that it is our responsibility to protect the rights of vulnerable and parent-less children.”

The event concluded in high spirits and renewed vigour amongst the children to perform even better in 2018. Given below is the list of all the winners across all categories.
1. Badminton (Girls)
1st: North Zone
2nd: West Zone
2. Badminton (Boys) 1st: South Zone
2nd: North Zone
3. Badminton (Mixed Doubles) 1st: South Zone
2nd: East Zone
4. Volleyball (Girls) 1st: West Zone
2nd: South Zone
5. Volleyball (Boys) 1st: South Zone
2nd: East Zone
6. Relay Race (Boys) 1st: South Zone
2nd: West Zone
7. Relay Race (Girls) 1st: South Zone
2nd: West Zone
8. 200 Metre Race (Boys) 1st: Bole S.
2nd: Meerat N.
9. 200 Metre Race (Girls) 1st: Sakhi E.
2nd: Baby K.
10. Skit Competition 1st: North Zone
2nd: South Zone
11. Talent Show 1st: Meet Kaur (North Zone)
2nd: Ridamehi (East Zone)