Here are some facts I found about the SOS Children's Village Paraíba where this lovely scene of mother and child took place.
This bright picture caught my eye. It was done when the little boy was being taken care of while his parents have time to start up their own buisness to support thier family in a way that was previously not possible. This history of this kind of help is that three years ago SOS Children's Villages Romania launched a family support programme in the capital Bucharest. Up to now the programme has assisted over 200 children in 60 families.
This is the story of a boy whose name is Bilbor, he trained in catering at the SOS Children's Village Sucre in 1996 and graduated in 2007. He points out, practicing what he had learned in the village to reach his goal was anything but easy. His story is of his visit to the village where he trained.
This is a hopeful story, it is good to know we have people working to rebuild the damage caused by the civil war in Uganda. The SOS Social Centre is teaching agricultural skills to young adults. I like the idea of a new generation of farmers for a new country. This is the story of the argicultural training center in Gulu.
Thai dessert for New Year's celebrations
A new SOS Children's Village recently opened in Hargeisa, Somaliland, and this report is about how the children are getting used to their new home. The Village director Abdirahman Karie speaks about the situation of children in and around Hargeisa:
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.
This is the story of Masriya, who lives in Indonesia, and how the tsunami of boxing day 2004 has affected her life.
When the community centre "Rayito de Luz" opened its doors in May 2006, Amparo was one of the mothers selected by the family committee to participate as a community mother. This is her story:Amparo was glad to attend the courses that the SOS family support put on for community mothers; every day she learned something new to put into practice with the children. "I wasn't scared, I just wanted to keep learning."
I've been reading about SOS family support in Pancur Batu, Indonesia, for families that depend on ragpicking for their income, which is less than a dollar a day. This is from a report from September 20th 2007, which talks about the Playschool at Medan, which is free education made fun for children who live on the streets.