Recently we had Clients staying at Chanters Lodge who were, unfortunately, dissatisfied with one of their activities and subsequently asked the provider to refund the cost to any charity of my choice. This was kind. After some thought we decided to give the donation to SOS Children’s Village of Zambia Trust. The village in Livingstone, just next to the weighbridge on the Lusaka road, which looks after some 153 children and is always in need of funds. This is what they do.
“SOS Children’s Villages is an international non-governmental social development organisation that has been active in the field of children’s rights and committed to children’s needs and concerns since 1949. In 132 countries and territories our activities focus on children without parental care and children of families in difficult circumstances.
SOS Children’s Villages focuses on family-based, long-term care of children who can no longer grow up with their biological families. At our SOS Children’s Villages and SOS Youth Facilities they experience reliable relationships and love once again, meaning that they can recover from what they have experienced, which has often been traumatic. They grow up in a stable family environment, and are supported individually until they become independent young adults.
We are extending our work with families through family strengthening programmes by working with and for disadvantaged families to prevent crises that can in the worst case scenario lead to children being placed in out-of-home care. SOS Children’s Villages offers various forms of support to strengthen and stabilise families as much as possible so that they can once again manage their lives independently and care for their children. Our family strengthening programmes are an important way of building on the families’ and communities’ resources, their ability to self-organise themselves and their responsibility for the well-being of the children.
Equal rights to education and training for children are another important area of our work. Pre-school care for children, schooling and vocational training are the key to the future. To ensure that children enjoy these basic rights, SOS Children’s Villages has kindergartens, day-care centres, schools and vocational training centres. Most of them are located outside Europe.
SOS Children’s Villages is concerned about all children, particularly those who have no parental care and those whose families have to live in difficult conditions. The basis and aim of our work is to respect, promote and stand up for children’s rights. We want to use our socio-political work to make decision makers and the public aware of the problems that children face and to call for measures that will promote the well-being of children across the world. In parallel to our lobbying activities, we encourage children to actively take part in the decision-making processes that affect their lives and, if possible, to actually represent themselves.”
We made the choice because on a previous occasion when some other Clients had taken a donation to SOS we’d been very well received. So we were this time too! Thanks to Clarence Mwami their Village Administrator!