Maseru – SOS Children’s Village in Maseru will on Friday celebrate SOS Day, which is dedicated to SOS Founder, Dr. Hermann Gmeiner.
Dr. Gmeiner introduced the concept of bringing up orphans in homes where they are given security and quality care together with love of a mother’s love and a framework of sibling relationship that provide them with lifetime emotional security.
According to SOS Lesotho-Programmes Development Coordinator Mr. Ts’eliso Ncheke, the celebration will include entertainment activities for children, speeches as well as awards for long-serving and dedicated SOS workers.
Mr. Ncheke added that representatives from other children’s homes in the country have been invited to join in the celebration, saying the Organisation believes children should not grow in an institution but in a family environment hence SOS Children’s Villages take care of vulnerable children in homes created specifically for them.
He said child protection remains a challenge in the country and suggested that Basotho should go back to their values where child care was a social responsibility, adding that each household in SOS Children’s Village Lesotho accommodates 10 children.
Mr. Ncheke said before accommodating the children, they ensure that they orphans with no family members to take care of them, saying the children continue with their cultures and religions while at the village.
SOS Children’s Village Lesotho was established in 1994 as a member of SOS International, which operates in 133 countries.