September Round Up

Moving ahead and learning to live the ‘NEW NORMAL’, we all at SOS Children’s Villages of India have come a long way with utmost safety and innovative ideas to keep our children engaged with learning. During the month of September, we saw SOS Children and Mothers celebrating various occasions such as International Literacy Day, Poshan Maah etc. In fact, several other development and awareness activities were organized to keep the children motivated. Below are few activities that took place:International Literacy Day 2020

The power to change the future lies in the hands of our present – the youth! We at SOS Children’s Villages of India definitely believe so, and that’s why we are so thankful that this #ILD2020, UNESCO who gave our youth the exciting opportunity to participate in their #LiteracyDay global webinar. The discussion was aimed towards educating the participants on effective methods of learning in the #COVID19 era. A key point of discussion was around the formulation and execution of policies that can support educators and learning in the ‘new normal’. We are proud to support them on this mission to close these gaps and build a brighter and more resilient future.

Basketball tournament at SOS Children’s Village Thrissur

On 4th September, a basketball tournament was organised within the village premises. Children were divided in two groups among those who were coming for regular practice. Captain of team “Blasters” was Amala and “Real Fighters” was Devi. Both teams put up a great show for the audiences with “Blasters” being the winners! After this tournament, there was a lively match between the winning Children’s Team “Blasters” and co-workers’ team named “Masters”. Children amazed the staff members with their stamina and performance.

SOS youth Angel credits her SOS family

The top Malayalam TV channel of Kerala was organizing a Quiz Game Show Udan Panam on the occasion of Onam and our SOS youth Angel secured an opportunity to become a part of this exciting reality show. The joy for Angel right from applying for the quiz by recording a video to winning cash price of INR 75,000 has been a very exciting journey.  . She enjoyed being a part of this quiz competition and is thankful to SOSCV India for giving her this opportunity to be on TV and make her entire SOS Family proud especially her SOS Mother. We are especially proud of her not only for her achievements but also for her generosity. Angel decided to donate her cash prize for the education of her younger SOS Siblings!

Bal Panchayat members hold the power to build a better and more eco-friendly world

Young members of the Param Mitra Bal Panchayat in our Family Strengthening Programme put their ‘best out of waste’ skills to use and constructed two park benches in their community! The 210 bricks that were used to build the benches were all made out of empty plastic bottles, food and candy wrappers, and other plastic waste. We are proud of them for giving back to their community in such innovative ways and using their time to the fullest during this lockdown.

Boys from SOS Bengaluru give fillip to ‘Fit India’ movement

Six boys from SOS Children’s Village Bengaluru joined several other youth from the city to participate in a Cycle Hexathon. The event was organised by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), Karnataka under the aegis of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports’ Fit India initiative. The boys also received participation certificates from the Director of NYKS.

Poshan Maah 2020

In collaboration with Department of Women & Child Development under ‘POSHAN MAAH 2020’ an awareness program was organised on ‘POSHAN AUR SWASTHA JEEVAN SHAILI’ for our beneficiaries at one of our community outreach programme locations in Delhi. An expert from the department shared her valuable knowledge on how to prepare nutritious meals with available items at home. She also explained details about the importance of balanced and nutritious food during the ongoing pandemic. Caregivers also shared their views on various nutritious dishes prepared by them for their families.

Session on Mental Health – SOS Bengaluru

In SOS Children’s Villages of India, we understand the significance of emotional well-being of our children. Besides SOS Mothers being available emotionally for children, we also arrange  one-on-one counselling whenever required for Stress Management and Anger Management. As a part of bringing awareness on Mental Health among children, we invited Dr. Sanjeev from NIMHANS to deliver a talk on Suicidal thoughts and Prevention among children. The event ended with lighting candles to show our support for people going through depression.

Environment Sustainability: Tree plantation drive at FSP Shillong

FSP Shillong organised a programme on Environment Sustainability. The programme is organized with the Joint Hands of Botanical Survey of India (BSI) and two resource persons from their Department – Mr. Tham (Sr. Scientist) and Mr Ricky (Scientist) also attended the session. They explained how trees are important for environment sustainability and how they can preserve trees and why trees are more important for this region. Keeping social distancing in mind, a total of 21 participants (SHG and Balpanchayat members) attended the programme.