Today, I come to you all with a request. A request to a cause very dear to all of us: our future, our children. India as you all know suffered a deadly second wave of COVID-19 earlier in the year. Children were the most impacted by this pandemic. Close to 30.000 children have lost a single parent and more than 3.000 have lost both their parents. Most of these children belong to families below the poverty line with less than $1 per day. That puts them in a very vulnerable situation and obviously they have with their limited means a very dark future.
What is this fundraising actually for? As you may know it has been widely recognized that the best care and the best chances of developing the potential of a child is in a family environment. The SOS Children’s Villages of India has developed a Kinship Care program and in this program children without parents are taken care of full time until they become independent, self-reliant by their kin or relatives. The monies we raise through this initiative will provide support for the child’s most basic needs – food, education (both the formal and informal), health and clothing.
To support 30 children for one year we need €41.300- or approximate €1.400- per child per year. This fund raise will help support their needs for the next year. Your contribution, coming from either the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, UK, UAE or India, can be made locally so there is tax deduction in all these countries available.
Finally friends I believe the greatest gift one can give someone is education. Education will give these children the means to be independent; the tools to contribute to society and most importantly the hope that their tomorrow will be better than their today. Together we have an opportunity to kindle a brighter future for these 30 children in need. When we rise up, when we stand up to support them, they will grow, they will flourish, and the darkness will be overcome.
We, SOS Children’s Villages and myself, will be most grateful for any help you can provide us and we thank you for your support. Namaste.
Please contact relationship manager partnerships & major donors Lisette Fentener van Vlissingen if you have any questions about this appeal.
Phone: +316 30289936