Issued 21 June 2018
SOS Children Village in Bakoteh will celebrate the International SOS Day in The Gambia on Thursday June 23, John Peacock told journalists at a press conference organised to create awareness on the upcoming celebration.
The celebration, he said, would provide a platform where the activities of each SOS village in The Gambia would be shared to build public trust, confidence and support in the work they do.
SOS Children’s Villages in The Gambia are Social Development Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with a mission of building families for children in need.
Moderating the Tuesday press conference, Mr. Peacok said SOS Day is annually celebrated on June 23 in memory of the birth day of Hermann Gmierner; the founder.
“The Gambia celebrates this day alongside with other countries to advocate the rights of children that they are supporting and empowering at the same time connect with partners both national and international,” he added.
National Director of SOS Children Village Mariatou Sallah said the main vision of SOS is to see every child belonging to a family and grows with love, respect and security with the mission of building families in need by shaping their future and the development of their communities.
“SOS Children Villages was founded in 1949 by Hermann Gmierner who was committed to helping children in need; who lost their families and homes as a result of World War 2,” she explained.
She explained that Gmierner established the first Children’s Village in Australia, starting with 600 children with funding from his own personal money. “We take care of children who lost parental care and those at risk of losing parental care,” she said.
Ebrima Jobe,programme development advisor dwelled on the strategy 2030, saying SOS being an international organization is on the same line with what the other