To give some background to the work we do in this village, I have the story of a little boy, Vishnu, who came to SOS Children's Village Alwaye-Cochin. When he arrived he was in a traumatic state. He could not recall anything about his past and didn't even remember the names of his parents. The little boy was nervous about how SOS mother Parimala and the other children she cares for would react to him.
In Janurary 2009, SOS Children's Villages helped to set up a temporary medical center which sucessfully treated a cholera outbreak in Bindura, Zimbabwe. This meant that workers on the SOS farming project could return to work fit and healthy and immunised.
As an example of what the SOS family support program can acheive we shall take a look at the work over 5 month period between December 2007 to April 2008, as described by Dawie Marais, the Village Director. We can see how our children have grown and developed.
In his address on World Aids Day 2005, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan makes it clear that the successful fight against the spread of Aids is essential so as to attain all the other development goals, the UN Millenium Development Goals.
This is the story of SOS family support in The Gambia and the Saidy family in The Gambia.
I have been finding out how SOS Children's Villages supports families in Cameroon. At this time increased food prices, the family support work in Mbalmayo had the wonderful idea of creating a community field cultivated by and for the families in the programme. The goal is to help them improve their living conditions.
As I have said before, in previous conversations, SOS, working on the ground in as many countries as it does, is well placed to react quickly in a crisis. I have found another example, to share with you, where that quick reaction was important:
Mother's Day is very special for mothers in every part of the world. On 10th May 2008, Mother's Day was celebrated across different SOS Children's Villages in India. Here is an account of celebrations held in Hyderabad.
I found out about awards to children for bravery. It was a very touching read. The stories of their bravery are well worth reading and rewarding. This is what I found out:
In mid October 2007 heavy rains caused damage to SOS Children's Village Rivas in Nicaragua. This is what I found out about the impact of the flooding. I always find it difficult to conceive of the impact of flooding, living in England where flooding is relatively rare.