SOS Children’s Village Srinagar receives Award of Honor from CT University for Social Service

Srinagar August 4 (KNS): The SOS Children’s Village Srinagar has received an Award of Honor from CT University, Ludhiana, for its tremendous work in the state of Jammu & Kashmir for social welfare, especially of children. The award citation said that the honor is bestowed on the childcare institution “in recognition of its selfless dedication, devotion, hard work and tireless efforts for the upliftment of society.”

The Award was presented to Mohammed Ali Jinna, Village-in-Charge, SOS Children's Village, Srinagar, by the Hon’ble Mayor of Srinagar, Mr. Junaid Mattu, in the presence of several eminent guests including civil servants and principals of prominent schools and institutes in the state. The honor was bestowed on occasion of an academic initiative by the varsity to bring industry and academia on the same platform to ensure greater employment opportunities for today’s youth. 

Mr. Sumanta Kar, Secretary General, SOS Children’s Villages of India, commented, “It is a huge honor for us that the contribution of SOS Children’s Village Srinagar, has been recognized by an academic institution of repute like the CT University. This Award is a huge source of inspiration for the entire team at SOS Children’s Villages. It will further motivate us to do our best for the welfare of the children in Jammu & Kashmir and rest of the country.”

For the last 57 years, SOS Children’s Villages of India has been protecting the best interests of children who are without parental care or at the risk of losing one. It provides them a loving home, helps keep their families together, and supports the youth on their path to self-reliance. 

Since the inauguration of the first SOS Children’s Village at Faridabad by in 1964, the organisation has spread across the country. 

Additionally, it indirectly benefits thousands of vulnerable children every year through a range of innovative and comprehensive childcare solutions to ensure that no child of any age grows up alone. The interventions range from short-term (of a few weeks/months) to long-term after-care programmes (till the children are 23 years old and self-reliant). SOS Children’s Village Srinagar became operational in April 2004. The Family Like Care Programme currently has 101 once parentless children, who are living under the care of eight SOS mothers and three mother trainees. Three youth are now settled. Under the Family Strengthening Programme, the community intervention model that prevents vulnerable children from losing parental care is currently outreaching and supporting 393 children/167 families.  

About SOS Children’s Villages of India For over five decades SOS Children’s Villages of India has continued to provide children without parental care or at the risk of losing it, a value chain of quality care services that goes beyond childcare alone, to ensuring comprehensive child development. Our long-term customized care interventions such as, Family Like Care, Family Strengthening, Kinship Care, Short Stay Homes, Foster Care, Youth Skilling, Emergency Childcare and Special Needs Childcare are aimed at transforming lives and developing children under our care into self-reliant and contributing members of society. We empower vulnerable families in communities to become financially independent, thereby enabling them to create safe and nurturing spaces for children under their care. Today, over 6,500 children live in 440 family homes inside 32 SOS Villages in 22 States/UTs, from Srinagar to Kochi and Bhuj to Shillong. They are lovingly cared for and nurtured by 600 SOS mothers and aunts. As India’s largest self-implementing childcare NGO, SOS Children’s Villages directly touches the lives of around 28,500 children every year. 

We are able to provide long term solutions sustainably with support from our partners, sponsors and friends and we are grateful to them. For more information, please visit (KNS)

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