How SOS Children's Villages Work in Russia
The idea of creating a family consisting of a single woman and orphans came up with the Austrian Gmeiner after the Second World War. In 1949, the world's first SOS Children's Village adopted its first children. The idea of raising orphans in a family setting has taken root, and now happy children's eyes can be seen in more than 550 SOS Children's Villages in 133 countries.
SOS-mother lives with her children, runs a household, helps to do homework, showing by example how family, love and care are. Now we have 56 SOS-moms. All of them came to SOS Children's Villages in different ways, but with one purpose - to warm children's hearts, give a chance for a happy childhood and confidence in the future.
Here is one of the stories from Ludmila's SOS mother. The story of the small miracles that a loving mother's heart does.
“I worked at an orphan boarding school when I saw an announcement about recruiting SOS moms. I thought that my experience with the desire to become a mother would be very useful! So in 2010 I came to the SOS Children's Village. My first-born were Misha and Katya (brother and sister, 4 years and 11 years old) - closed, anxious, with a developmental delay. Katya followed Mishany and tried not to let him out of sight. On the first evening, getting ready for bed, Misha could not be pulled out of the bath - he had never bathed in it before. And to my question: "Get out?" answered: "Just a little bit." And I still have his drawings, where he painted cars and always said: "I'll buy one for you." And when he painted the house, he said: "You and I will live here." He is a very affectionate child, and all 2 years that we are together, we perform our ritual before going to bed: in turn we kiss each other in the eyes, nose, ears, cheeks, forehead. His favorite phrase: “Mom is mine!”.
Katya had a lot of twos, and so we had to make a lot of efforts to stay in school. Problems arose due to squint: the girl was very unsure of herself, she was teased at school. In February 2011, they underwent surgery, and now Katya is a beauty. And what a craftswoman! He is engaged in beadwork, knits, sews and loves to give gifts to everyone! Later came Nikita (brother of Katya and Misha). The boy was 8.5 years old, but he did not attend school and spoke poorly. And again, we tried very hard to fix our problems. Now she is studying in the 2nd grade - and successfully, she loves to read and play football. Nikita loves to write me letters, but I will answer him. I still keep his letter: "Mom, I’m a loublo."
And so we lived and grew until the "stork" brought me first-grader Natashenka. The girl did not know how to do basic things: wash, clean the bed, comb her hair, but quietly we learned everything. And now Natasha knows how to bake charlotte with apples, set the table nicely and learns to knit.
Once I saw a photograph of a boy who should come to live in our Village. I understood right away - my son! Zhenya had a problem with the eyes (congenital cataract of both eyes), an operation and a long treatment for many years were ahead. In addition, Zhenya spoke poorly, ate badly and wanted to know a lot. He asked a million questions, and the next million flowed out of that million, and it was necessary to find the answer to everything. Now we already know a lot of poems, distinguish colors and enjoy kindergarten. And eating, Eugene often says: "Thank you, it was very tasty!"
That's how together we live together - in joy and in sorrow, we solve our problems and enjoy our success. I am very glad that I have them, and as long as I have enough strength and health, I will definitely be with them. Because every child must have a MOM! ”
There can be more such stories with your help! Make a donation (www.sos-dd.ru/mother), and we can help even more children find a home and mother in one of our SOS Children's Villages!