Rani - November 2013
Report from SOS Children's Villages, November 2013
Rani is promoted to Class III with C
Dear Friend, Greetings!
It is my pleasure to share some of the joyous and inspiring moments we have experienced at the SOS Children's Village in the current year. Life here is a series of miracles day in and day out. From being parentless or abandoned to finding a family among other loving SOS brothers and sisters who help you develop a sense of caring for each other. That is how a life is transformed at an SOS Children's Village and this is made possible with the generous contributions of donors like you.
Subodh's story will establish how lives have been transformed at SOS Village. Subodh was brought home at SOS as a young boy and was immediately put to school where he consistently did well right from 1st Standard. He finished schooling and passed out with good marks.
"Subodh has always been an active child and he loves playing sports and games. He has won several prizes in school" says a proud Sonali, his SOS Mother. In 2012, he cleared Joint Entrance exam for engineering course and he is now enrolled for the first year program in Bachelors of Technology (Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering) in Kolkata. "I have always seen my son work hard and he has never deterred from his ambition to do well in life. He is also very helpful to his SOS brothers and sisters. We are all proud of him" affirms Sonali. "I could have been a homeless boy on the street and begging or living a life of deprivation but instead, I found a family at SOS and I thank my Mother Sonali for never letting me feel the absence of my birth Mother" says a grateful Subodh.
Sandhya's story is an example of how your generous donation to an SOS Child spills over and spreads to touch other children's lives in the vicinity of the children's villages. Our Family Strengthening Programme has reache out to many disadvantaged families with children and we are happy to say that we have been able to make a difference in their lives by helping their parents find means and ways to improve their financial standing.
Sandhya lived in Bidhan Nagar with her three children under acute economic crisis without any suport from her husband. Her only source of income was a small paan (preparation of betel leaf) stall which was not enough to fulfil her children's nutritional needs, let alone their education. In 2009, her family was selected under our FSP program and she enrolled with a Self Help Group Satadal for caregivers. Her children started receiving education and nutrition support as well as medical assistance. "In three years, I have learnt to sign my name and my children are going to school. They have good health and I can also operate my own bank account. With the help of SOS, I am living with dignity and making a stable living for my children. I am grateful" says an empowered Sandhya.
We thank you for helping us make the difference in these children's lives.
Season's Greetings & A Happy New Year 2014
- Gavin Wright