Shillong, May 16: SOS Children’s village of Shillong celebrated UN International Day of Families and their vision to build families for children in need.
Founded in 1964, SOS India’s aim to to ensure no child in the country slept on a hungry stomach, and without a family and a home.
According to the statement, this year’s celebration was in sync with the United Nation’s International Day of Families theme – “Families in development: Copenhagen and Beijing + 25”.
Speaking on the occasion, Sudarshan Suchi, Secretary-General, SOS Children’s Villages of India said, “A family is the smallest yet the most important pillar of the society. At SOS Children’s Villages of India, we understand the role as well as the innate potential of children in our Nation’s building. We provide a family-like environment, under our Family Like Care Programme to all once parentless & abandoned children.”
Suchi stated that the unique feature of SOS Children’s Villages model is its Mothers, and said, “they are the strongest pillars of SOS families. Also, we ensure equal emphasis on the families and their children living in the nearby communities, under our Family Strengthening Programme, which keeps with the UN’s mission of fostering equality for all.”
Suchi further added, “I’m pleased to see our SOS families growing together in the most challenging global health and social crises. Ironically, it took a pandemic like COVID-19 to bring a sharp focus on the importance of social policies to protect the most vulnerable individuals and families. In this need of hour, it is the time to support each other for the well-being of all the individuals. This extraordinary time has showcased how a strengthened family could eventually help strengthen the societies and nations”.
SOS India’s mission is to help Families at villages and urban slums to get food, basic hygiene products, clean water and health care. “SOS India is working relentlessly to provide help for the children, families and communities in dire need of lifesaving assistance,” they added.