Thursday, November 4, 2010
SOS Children's Village, Bhawana
On the 18th October,2010 a group of interacters went to the SOS Children’s Village in Bhawana. We reached there around 10 a.m. We had a chat with the manager of SOS Village, Mrs. Niharika and she gave us information about the infrastructure and its establishments. It is a Social Development Organisation active in the field of children’s rights which was established in the year 1974. It focuses on children without parental care and children of families in difficult circumstances. The total number of children in SOS village is 198. There are 19 families with approximately 10 children in each family and there are 10 cottages for these families to live in. Mother is the head of the family but the father figure is not there. She is a caring parent for each child and builds a close relationship with them. She runs the household independently and provides security and love that each child needs. Children here grow and learn together, share responsibilities and all their joys and sorrows of daily life. They are supported individually until they become independent adults. All their needs are kept in mind according to the changing scenario like technology, co-curricular activities, etc. Clothing allowance is provided to the children on occasions like festivals, birthdays etc. We took 20 packets of 10 kgs of floor, 20 kgs of rice, 10 kgs of sugar and packets of various pulses for them. They showed us their beautiful and spacious homes. We visited their library, music room, computer room, and a playground with volley ball court. It was like an artificial community. Our visit to the orphanage and interaction with the children was a warm experience.