This season shall we change a life ? | Sunday Observer

This season shall we change a life ?

They are forgotten, ill treated, neglected and rejected. Their needs and emotions are ignored and their souls are lost. They are ‘children’ and also ‘our future’ who are orphans in society. It is time that we do something to change their lives.

Have you ever thought, there is no other good deed than changing someones destiny for the better? Have you ever changed someone’s fate in a positive way and seen those innocent eyes fill with gratitude? Listen to the beat of the hearts of these children, their little voices will whisper to you their story and you will be the light of hope in their dark world.

Let’s join hands with SOS Children’s Village to confirm ‘No Child is Alone.’

On November 26, an awareness program for the ‘No Child Alone’ campaign took place in order to make the Sri Lankan community aware on funding and promoting SOS Children’s Villages with the participation of Deputy Director Hasangika Seneviratne, Committee Vice Chairperson Dr. Hiranthi Wijemanne, Managing Partner, BDO Partners Nishara Fernando and Sujeewa Rajapakse, Brand Ambassador, SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka, Pooja Umashankar and National Director of SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka, Divakar Ratnaduri.

The message delivered was “If we provide care for today’s children in vulnerable circumstances, giving them the foundation they need for learning and developing life skills, we stand a better chance of building a better future for the world.”

The history of the campaign goes back to 2017, when global research ‘Care Effect’ showed that one in 10 children worldwide is growing up without parental care and is a victim of human rights violations such as child labour, violence and sex trafficking.

As Sri Lanka is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, child rights are given prominence. It is estimated that 9.2% of the children aged 5 to 14 engage in child labour. It has become a common phenomenon in poor families to send or take the child to work in order to win daily struggles. Most children have never been to a school nor know how to read. The Sri Lankan Government hopes to eradicate child labour by 2016.

It is estimated that 340, 000 children in Sri Lanka grow up without either one or both of their parents because of poverty.

The war against terrorism that lasted many years and the natural disasters such as the tsunami, floods and landslides split families and abandoned children. Parents migrating to other parts of the country and foreign countries for work causes children to perform household chores and become victims to sexual abuse and exploitation.

With improvement in welfare, school enrollment per year has increased. SOS Children’s Villages in Sri Lanka empowers the younger generation in Sri Lanka by providing day care, education, vocational training opportunities and medical services. SOS Sri Lanka is an approved social development organisation under section 31(09) of Act No: 28 of 1979. The organisation creates families for abandoned kids.

In SOS villages kids grow up in separate homes with parental care. It is very interesting to see how kids live in homes with many brothers and sisters and with a mom who takes care of them. They are taught to differentiate the good from the bad, disciplined and most importantly they are given love and affection. There are usually six to 15 houses in a typical SOS village. It is an exceptional place unlike the typical orphanage packed with a lot of kids and dominated by a warden.

The SOS home is a place where you find children of different ages and backgrounds living together in a house with a full-time parent, usually a woman who serves as the child’s parent. The organisation runs a wide range of programs which aid socially disadvantaged and poverty stricken families through subsidized kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, youth facilities, social and medical centres and emergency response relief operations.

In 2017, over 85,000 children and youth were housed in 572 SOS Children’s Villages and over 700 SOS Youth Facilities. Another 3.8 million children and adults received services from other programs. SOS runs on donations and contributions from governments and private donors. Support from the public is very important for the future of SOS. The organisation was awarded the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize in 2002, and the Princess of Austria’s Award of Concord in 2016.

SOS has now come to a point where they are short of donations to run their villages. Children are the future of a country, the most precious delicate flowers who make the world a fragrant, beautiful garden. You will be blessed if you support through your donation to help provide a loving home and education which will change a life forever. #NoChildAloneGive them a missed call on 011 772 7777 or Visit them at : www.soschildrensvillages.lk

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