SOS India rewards talent, celebrates child rights

New Delhi: SOS Children’s Villages of India (SOS India), a non-government, non-profit, voluntary childcare organisation, concluded its annual sports, arts and cultural event –‘SOS Tarang 2019’, yesterday, by rewarding its children, who exhibited the strength, talent and creativity of the children under its care, at its ‘National Sports, Art & Cultural Award Ceremony’, in the Capital.

Children from 32 SOS Children’s Villages of India across 22 States showcased their talent in the fields of sports and culture in ‘SOS Tarang 2019’.

The six-month-long National competition, starting with Regional, then Zonal and National competitions, culminated with the Universal Children’s Day (observed on November 20), marking the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and celebration of rights of the parentless and abandoned children, on November 20, followed by the award ceremony, on November 22.

The overall championship was won by SOS Children’s villages of North Zone, followed by West, East and South zones. SOS Children’s villages of North Zone were awarded as the winner in painting, group dance & basketball competition along with runner-ups in painting, duet song and football. SOS Children’s villages of West Zone made landslide victory in solo song, duet song and painting (13- 15) competition.

The festival marks appreciation for skills and abilities that the children of SOS India projects encompass. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sudarshan Suchi, Secretary General, SOS Children’s Villages of India, said, “Our country is home to 20 million parentless and abandoned children, and at SOS Children’s Villages of India, we are always committed to securing the future of these children. The development indicator of a country relates to its upcoming generation. Thus, honing their skills in all spheres of life is paramount towards adding to the upcoming demographic dividend of the nation. The National Competition of SOS Tarang 2019 is a platform aimed at instilling confidence and encouragement in children and in itself is a commitment to protecting the rights of these once parentless children.”

The event witnessed the presence of dignitaries and senior management from SOS India including SOS India children, SOS Mothers, all project directors, board members, long-standing sponsors, media friends and corporate officials.

HIGHLIGHTS: National Competition – SOS Tarang 2019 and National Sports, Art & Cultural Award Ceremony

Ø SOS India Mothers who care for their non-biological children

Ø Children bearing wide smiles, feeling no less than parented and privileged children and wonderful stories of the Youth

Ø The competitive yet compassionate atmosphere that SOS India provides to once parentless and abandoned children

Ø Competitions included Painting, Football, Basketball and Cultural Events

Ø A film on highlights of SOS Tarang 2019 competition

Ø Unity in Diversity that SOS India brings forth, gathering children from 22 States across India on one platform – SOS Tarang 2019!