Summer camp for children from SOS Children's Village Marina Gorka, Belarus, means sleeping in a tent, fishing and making fresh fish-soup.
The beautiful town of Huehuetoca is an important historical site. It is located in a fertile region approximately 50 km north from Mexico City, Federal State of México.
One of the reasons I like this charity is that it is thoughtful about children's needs. I see this in the the way older children are helped to transition from being a child into a young, responsible adult. I have been reading about three youngsters from SOS Children's Village Borovljany, Belarus who live in a house escecially for children following further education. The house is only five minutes drive or 15 minutes walk from the SOS village where they grew up and where their SOS mother lives.
Pudukuppam was a lively fishing village with 53 boats before the 2005 Tsunami devastated the area. After the waves hit, the place was littered with remnants of boats, all over the village. This left the families with no livelihood. Their houses were severely damaged, many of them beyond repair.
The children are sowing different crops in their gardens. Their favorite crop was carrots. The children were amazed to see the small seed being sown and how it could grow into a carrot as they see in pictures. They patiently watered the crop for over 40 days.
"How I wish there was a day when I am allowed to do all kinds of silly things, I can play with water, balloons and colours. Throw water and colours on adults and this is not bad behaviour." This is the wish of a four-year-old girl in SOS Children's Village Bhopal and probably this is also a desire of children across the globe. Holi is such a festival where children can let go and fulfill all their fancies.
The first day of the assemby saw the creation of an enormous painting. The representatives of the national associations could add their own handprints to canvasses upon which hundreds of children's handprints together formed the words "One Child", "One Friend" and "One Movement". The colourful activity memorably illustrates SOS Children's Villages' goals for the coming years.
It is very much part of the values of this charity to bring up children in their own culture, aware of their country's history. I have been finding out about a celebration in SOS Children's villages Belarus that show this value clearly.
In a place like Gulu in northern Uganda, where many people have been displaced by war and own no assets, SOS family support is gaining ground. But the challenge is to make them sustainable.
In November 2007 the areas hit by the devastating cyclone "Sidr" are still in a state of emergency. There is an urgent need of food, water and shelters. SOS Children's Villages will provide building materials for families who have lost their homes.