The sun through a cloud.…
Children around the world have very different wishes and dreams. When we asked SOS children from four different continents to tell us something about their lives, there was one topic in particular that the young inhabitants of the SOS Children's Villages talked about with great enthusiasm: their SOS families. Although the children in SOS Children's Villages' care are very different, they are united in that they are all grateful to have found a loving new home. This again underlines the fact that orphans and abandoned children want nothing more than a family. Hermann Gmeiner, the spiritual father of SOS Children's Villages, knew this was the case. It is already a long time since he put his vision into action and family-based care for orphans now exists across the world. Here, SOS children use pictures and stories to give you a glimpse into their lives and return some of the happiness that you have given them.
The sun through a cloud.
I found a lovely peice of work where children from four different continents were asked to tell us something about their lives, there was one topic in particular that the children living in one of the SOS Children's Villages talked about with great enthusiasm: their SOS families. Although the children in SOS Children's Villages' care are very different, they are united in that they are all grateful to have found a loving new home. This again underlines the fact that orphans and abandoned children want nothing more than a family. It is already a long time since SOS Children first put the idea of family homes into action and family-based care now exists across the world. Now Mary has some quotes from the children taking part in this project:
A Boy holding a ball looking at the sky in Children's Village Assomada, Cape Verde.
Thanks Lisa, I have indeed selected some of my favourite quotes from the book of dreams project you describe above:
Trees are alive, just like people, even though we can't hear them breathing. I always feel good when I see trees. They give me air to breathe. Paulo, 8 years, SOS Children's Village Bakoteh, The Gambia.
When my mum died I thought that I was going to have to live alone and in fear. I'm not scared anymore and know that I'm going to have a happy life. Leonita, 10 years, SOS Children's Village Pristina, Kosovo.
What I wish for most is to be able to learn how to do karate and to play cricket. I'd like to have lots of friends. And I hope I'll never have an enemy, otherwise my life could be difficult. Bayar, 6 years, SOS Children's Village Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
When I'm tired or sad, I curl up in my bed. I always hug one of my cuddly toys because I really love my mum and grandma, who gave them to me. Grace, 9 years, SOS Children's Village Ennerdale, South Africa.
Nature means a lot to me and I think that we should conserve its beauty. We've got to protect nature because it's already suffered enough. Hasun, 11 years, SOS Children's Village Nongkhai, Thailand.
My twin sister is my best friend. She always knows exactly what I'm thinking. I love my SOS mother to bits as well. Because I'm blind, she learnt how to read Braille - especially for me - and then taught me how to read. Awa, 7 years, SOS Children's Village Dakar, Senegal.
When I arrived at the children's village I refused to call my SOS mother "Mum". My SOS mother wasn't nasty about it though. Instead, she sat me on her knee, stroked my hair and told me stories. No one had done that before. After a few weeks I began to call her "Mum" as well. Phahol, 9 years, SOS Children's Village Bangpoo, Thailand.
Every day, I stand in front of the glass cabinet in our living room that contains the trophies and other awards that we've won. I want to win so many awards that the cabinet's full and we have to get another one! Vishnu, 7 years, SOS Children's Village Faridabad, India.
I'm the smallest in the family, which I like because I'm protected more than normal and also because people make decisions for me. Pim, 4 years, SOS Children's Village Chiang Rai, Thailand.
For me, the best place is the sports ground at my school. There's war everywhere in my country, but everything's peaceful here. I hope the war will end soon and then it'll all be as fun and fair as at our sports ground is. Fernando, 11 years, SOS Children's Village Ibagué, Colombia.
I'm pleased I'm not an adult yet because I'm happier that way. I just think about singing well and don't have to think about problems in life. Wawie, 6 years, SOS Children's Village Manila, Philippines.
Light comes from the sky. For me, the sky's full of memories of my mother. I know that she is up there now. Milena, 12 years, SOS Children's Village Rionegro, Colombia.