Children prepare the garden for a spring festival at Children's…
SOS Children's Village Urumqi
Children prepare the garden for a spring festival at Children's Village Urumqi, China.
I have found out some background to the SOS Children's Village Urumqi, to share with you.
The city of Urumqi is the capital of the Xianjiang Uigur Autonomous Region in Northwest China. Urumqi is the world's farthest city from the sea, it is about 3,600 km from the shore.
SOS Children's Village Urumqi is located in the western part of the city, about 40 km from the airport. It consists of fourteen family homes, there is also an SOS nursery, which has four group rooms and some additional rooms. The nursery has a capacity to caring for about 120 children and is attended by many children from the local community. About 5 km from the SOS Children's Village, there is a large market and a big hospital. A school, which is part of Xinjiang Agriculture University, is close by as well.
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In September 2007 The Dalai Lama visited the SOS Children's Village Hinterbrühl, Austria. There was a celebration to welcome the Dalai Lama's return, as the religious and temporal leader of the Tibetan people and Nobel Peace Prize winner visited Hinterbrühl back in 1973.
The Dalai Lama's relationship with SOS Children began in May 1960, soon after Tibetans fled from their homeland, and the Dalai Lama founded "Tibetan Children's Villages". The "Tibetan Homes Foundation" was established in 1962, which meant that two care organisations were already in place to put the SOS Children's Village model for Tibetan children into practice. The first Tibetan SOS Children's Village was formed from a temporary children's home in Dharamsala in northern India in 1971, where a large number of refugees had settled. With time, more SOS Children's Villages were built for Tibetans in various locations in India. They offer a permanent home for more than 7,000 children who have been separated from or who have lost their parents. More than 6,000 other children and young people receive support at social facilities such as schools, nurseries, education centres, etc. SOS Children's Villages for Tibetans tend to be much larger than standard SOS Children's Villages. This is due to the large number of Tibetan refugees. In these villages, the families can have up to 30 members, sometimes even more. There are also a number of projects for Tibetan children and young people in Nepal as well.
Two days before the Dalai Lama's visit, SOS Children's Village Hinterbrühl is to celebrate its 50th anniversary in a children's party with concerts.