YOUNG WORLD

A family to live with

SOS Children's Villages of India is a non-political and non-denominational welfare organisation. It is part of the worldwide SOS Children's Village movement and a member of the umbrella organisation, SOS Kinderdorf International, based in Germany. SOS gives orphaned children the closest alternative to a natural family, i.e., an SOS family where they find a mother, brothers and sisters to grow up with. Within the security of a family, children can grow up into independent and responsible citizens of society.

The village complex is spread over a number of acres and provides the best of modern amenities. At most villages, there is a "Kindergarten" located within the complex for the pre-school children.

A SOS family consists of nine or 10 children who live together with their "SOS Mother". A family home has three rooms for children, a room for the mother, a large living room, a kitchen and a garden. Each village has between 10 to 20 family homes. The person in-charge of the village is the Director.

Since its inception in the year 1964, the SOS Children's Villages of India has expanded its services for children in need at a rapid pace. It has 37 Children's Villages and 122 allied projects and provides direct care to 15,000 children and indirect care to nearly 2,00,000 children through its various community projects.

M.R.