To commemorate Universal Children’s Day, SOS Children’s Villages of India organizes a series of regional and zonal level competitions every year to showcase talents of children from across 32 Children’s Villages in 22 states in India. Competing in the field of art, culture and sports, this series is culminated into a National Level Competition, wherein winners from all zones come together and battle against each other to make it to the grand finale.
The event commenced on 19th November 2018 with the inaugural ceremony, followed by the screening of the SOS India Tarang 2018 film at the Hermann Gmeiner School, Faridabad. With a participation of over 200 children from all Children’s Villages within the country, the events lined up for this year’s SOS Tarang festival included relay races, group dance, volley ball and singing duet among many others. On 21st November 2018, children were taken out for a day long outing, wherein several fun-filled activities were organised for all; the day was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone!
This year, the grand finale of SOS Tarang 2018 was held on 22nd November 2018 at Shri Sathya Sai Auditorium, New Delhi. The event was hosted by Tanvi Malhotra, Academic Coordinator from the Education Department of SOS India. The audience included attendance from the President of SOS India Mr. S.Sandilya, Secretary General Ms. Anuja Bansal and many Board Members. The National Management Team, Zonal Directors, Village Directors, Co-workers, Donors 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 a loving home for every child. The finale included cultural performances of winning teams, experience sharing by Shivani Chibbar and Anadi Bisht, settled youth of SOS India and a mind blowing dance performance of differently abled children from SOS Village Khajuri Kalan. Additionally, these children also presented the National Anthem in sign language towards the end of the programme. The enthralling evening was concluded with the award ceremony for all winners.
Not only did SOS Tarang 2018 bring joy to children, it also served as a brilliant opportunity for the Village Directors from all zones to spend time with their counter parts from across India.
Speaking about the relevance of holistic development of children on the Universal Children’s Day, Anuja Bansal, Secretary General of SOS Children's Villages of India, said, “The Universal Children’s Day should be celebrated every day, and every child must know his or her rights. The rights here refer to his upbringing in a safe and secure environment with his family, and in the most holistic way. A secure childhood is where a child can access his basic rights that include good education, nutrition and a loving home.”