July Round Up

As the battle with Coronavirus continues we at SOS Children’s Villages of India are committed to support vulnerable children and their families in this crises situation. Our benevolent teams across the country have been making sure that all our children and community caregivers are engaged positively in some or the other work, keeping their safety as the priority. Here’s a quick recap of what we achieved in the month of July: 

Youth from SOS CV Hyderabad opens his own food joint

We are proud to share that our youth, Eeswar from Family Strengthening Programme Hyderabad completed his Hotel Management Course recently. Since 2018, he was being supported through SOS India’s vocational training course. Due to lockdown, he lost his job as hotel industry is severely impacted. Not giving up so easily, the young man decided to become an entrepreneur and set up his own food joint. As the lockdown eased, he inaugurated his Restaurant and says with much pride – “Because of the support I received from my SOS family, I got the courage to build my own life. I am determined to achieve my goals and create a good life for others too”. Iswar also supports his friends who are entrepreneurs, who have also lost their jobs. His friends have created a brand of pastel linen made of cotton, which is available to everyone.

FSP Nagapattinam makes it big in small ways!

Due to nationwide lockdown, all the planned activities have been revised – the team in Nagapattinam is turning the adversity into opportunity. They are working with Self Help Group (SHG) members in building their capacities – the first is book keeping training for 3 SHG representatives from the newly formed SHG’s. The animator (village volunteer) spearheads the training for free of cost so to utilize the time productively. She is the real change maker.

Kitchen gardening for caregivers – FSP Begusarai

25 caregivers from Ratauli village in Begusarai attended a kitchen gardening training with Mr. Amit Kumar. By profession, Mr. Kumar is a highly qualified farmer with M. Sc. Degree from Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology and is adept in building capacities of marginalized farmers in making the most of their small lands. Through tis training, the women (caregivers) are learning to grow simple vegetables in their backyard. Produce from it will help address the nutrition deficit in their family. The women found the training very useful and are excited to grow a small kitchen garden very soon.

Children gain career and skills insight on World Youth Skilling Day

AMID social distancing norms and uncertainties, SOS India Family Strengthening team in Shillong facilitated the celebration of World Youth Skills Day on July 15. An awareness session was held for the young members of the Bal Panchayat, highlighting the importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship.

An SOS India home turns fruit scarcity into abundance during lockdown

FACED with the scarcity of fresh fruits during the lockdown, SOS mother Yashodha, who has always maintained a vegetable garden, decided to grow fruits herself. Helped by her children, who share her passion for gardening, Yashodha planted a variety of fruits, including Chickoo (sapotta), Banana, Papaya, and Guava.  The trees are ready with fruits and children are relishing and sharing them with others. Sharing is caring.

Hareli celebrated with gaiety by children of SOS Village Raipur

CHILDREN of SOS Children’s Village Raipur celebrated Hareli, the annual harvest festival of Chhattisgarh. The festival marks the onset of the rainy season or monsoons – a time when vast stretches of farmlands are covered in green or Hareli. The children performed the festive rituals and prayed to the Goddess of fields and crops to seek her blessings and abundance of food all year-round.

DWCD team visit SOS Village Faridabad for grant inspection

A SEVEN-MEMBER team from the Department of Women and Child Development visited SOS Village Faridabad during the week. The team visited Family Homes and other facilities as part of the government grant inspection for the year 2020-21. The visitors appreciated the preventives measures against COVID-19 and the children’s park developed during the lockdown.

Children at SOS CV Alibaug create Rakhi’s and greeting cards for soldiers

To celebrate the upcoming occasion of Rakshabandhan, our youth boys from SOS Children’s Village Alibaug created 200 rakhi’s and 10 greeting cards for our Indian soldiers. During the lockdown situation, it was a great learning experience for our youth. This activity was initiated by our co-worker Vaibhav Ghadage who also explained the youth about the great work these soldiers are doing to protect the country the its people.