I am immensely grateful for being a part of 1000 Voices of Compassion. The positivism radiating out of the group is something that I look forward to every day and I am also appreciative of the fact that I get to meet some very warm people who work for the betterment of the world through it.
One such organization is SOS Children’s Villages. SOS Children’s Villages builds families for orphaned, abandoned and other vulnerable children in 134 countries, including India. An estimated 30 million orphaned children in India still lack the basic building blocks for a bright future: a good education, quality medical care, and a stable home.
One of the many success stories they have through their work is of Maya Dhal. Maya was only four months old when she joined her SOS Children’s Villages’ family after the death of her parents. Growing up in SOS Children’s Village, Bhubaneswar, India, Maya Dhal (now 24) thrived on the love and support of her SOS Children’s Village family. It motivated and enabled her to excel academically and get a good job.
Her belief that every child should have the same opportunity has led her to the slums to teach school dropouts and help them return to the classroom. “Maya’s success is being shared as an example in SOS Children’s Villages and the community to mobilize other children to opt for decent pathways to fulfil their life dreams,” said Ajaya Dash, Village Director of SOS Children’s Village, Bhubaneswar. Maya’s greatest wish for a better world is that everyone in their own way does their bit to help the needy and contribute to a better, safer environment to live in, especially for girls.
One way people can support vulnerable children is by child sponsorship through an organization. SOS Children’s Villages is currently running a campaign to raise awareness about these children, as well as providing an opportunity for people to make an impact on their lives. Child sponsorships through SOS Children’s Villages are $35 for a month and $420 for a year. Sponsors can also select the gender of their sponsored child or leave it up to chance.
Two ways in which sponsoring a child actually impacts your own children:
- Many parents use child sponsorship to teach their children about the world around them.
- The Village also has child sponsors who sponsor children back home in an effort to stay connected to their roots and give back to their community.
Here are some more children whose lives have changed after being welcomed to an SOS family in the Village:
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