Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Jaffna to get SOS village

The Jaffna district will get an SOS Children's village soon. SOS Children's Villages International President Helmut Kutin said the construction of the Jaffna center would be completed within this year.

Kutin was speaking at a press conference at the Piliyandala SOS children's village yesterday.

Every child needs a loving home to flourish in and SOS villages have helped many to have a home,a family to belong to and a means to grow up with long care in the country since 1979. SOS villages are at Piliyandala, Nuwara Eliya, Galle, Anuradhapura and Moneragala, he added.

There are over 700 young children and youth being cared for in SOS families in 5 SOS Children's Villages.

Over 5,000 children and adults from neighbouring areas of the SOS children's villages are direct beneficiaries of various programs such as SOS kindergartens,medical entres, family strengthening programs,vocational training centres and SOS Hermann Gmeiner School, he said.

"We were able to take action with regard to unaccompanied children in the IDP camps in the North. Nearly 200 children and youth were provided care at the SOS Temporary Care Project," said SOS National Director Ananda B Karunarathne.

One hundred and twenty children were reunited with their families, extended families as well, he noted. The Jaffna SOS Children's village will be a home for the children at the SOS temporary care project and for many children in the North, who are at risk due to losing the care of their families, he said.


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