SOS Children’s Villages Bangladesh celebrates UN Family Day!
Home is where the heart is. And for every child, a home is a place where
there is comfort, protection and warmth, and love and care of a family. We all
remember days when our dads would carry us out on their shoulders for an
ice-cream, when we fought with our brothers and sisters over something, or when
our mothers would be awake all night for us when we were sick. These are the
precious moments that make a family. And every child deserves to experience
these moments in life.On the occasion of UN International Day of Families on May 15, the SOS
Children’s Villages Bangladesh is happy to
launch its Moments Make Families (MMF) campaign. As a part of this campaign, we
want all of us to share the happy memories of our childhood, the small moments
spent together that seemed mundane at the time, but are the most important part
of growing up.
According to UNICEF estimates, more than 163 million children live
without parental care. In Bangladesh, the figure is about 4.9 million. They do not have a warm bed to sleep or a
mother who makes sure they are properly fed. At SOS Children’s Villages we
believe that children can only develop to their full potential if they have a
supportive and protective family environment.
We work to make this a reality. In the family-based care of SOS
Children’s Villages children live in a home with their mother and siblings and
are part of a community. Like us, they experience the family moments together.
They are safe and know that at the end of the day, they have a home to go to.
SOS Children’s Villages firmly believes that home is a place where
children feel valued, safe, listened to and understood – where there is someone
they can count on and who can help them navigate the world till they become
independent. As a part of our campaign we have planned a discussion and
reminiscence sessions and get together programme in our SOS Children’s Villages
in Dhaka, Rajshahi, Khulna, Chittagong, Bogra and Sylhet.
You can be a part of this campaign by sharing
your own childhood experiences and family moments and by spreading the word
around on the importance of families for children in need. So here’s wishing
you all a very happy International Families Day, with our promise to endeavor
to make this day special for more and more children around the world.