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Published: Saturday, 08.10.2011

SOS Children's Village Lekenik celebrates its 18th anniversary during Children's Week

Today SOS Children's Village Lekenik held a large celebration to honor both its 18th anniversary and the Children’s Week, which takes place in the first week of October and lasts for seven days. This year, Children's Village began on Monday, October 3, and it will run through Sunday, October 9, 2011.

The motto of this year’s Children's Week is Love for Children Above All Else! For many years now, SOS Children's Villages, supported by the good people who help them in their work, have done their best to ensure the wellbeing of children, and they will continue to do so in the future, in the spirit of love for children above all else.


Children's Week is intended to direct the attention of the general public to the necessity of upholding children’s rights and implementing specific activities with and for the children; to initiate new activities in the local communities that benefit the development and growth of children; to encourage volunteer, professional and socially beneficial work of adults with children; to encourage active participation of children in the activities and life of the local community and the wider society. During Children's Week in SOS Children's Villages in Croatia, all activities are aimed primarily at the children: rich and varied program includes numerous games chosen especially for the occasion and creative showcases by children for the children.


Today Children's Week was enriched by our celebration of the 18th anniversary of SOS Children's Village Lekenik, which attracted a large number of our Association’s friends and sympathizers. Among others, the celebration of the 18th anniversary of SOS Children's Village Lekenik was attended by the bikers from Sisak, young guitar virtuoso Josip Pešut from Pešćenica, little actors from the elementary school Brestje in Sesvete, actors, dancers and athletes from the SOS Children's Village Lekenik, friends from the SOS Children's Village Ladimirevci and other guests who shared their talents with the other attendees and contributed to this important occasion. The silk painting workshop and sports competitions were part of the celebration, but they are also activities that are designed, prepared and conscientiously implemented in our daily work, through specific programs that are carried out with and for the children in SOS Children's Villages.


“Today, as we come of age, we are proud of the past 18 years that SOS Children's Village Lekenik has been in operation. Behind us are many years of dedicated work, many meetings with and partings from children and co-workers, much laughter and tears, and most importantly, abiding love that has filled the homes in our Village throughout the years. We are proud that we were able to provide so many children with love, safe home and carefree childhood, and that today many of them are grown people with their own families”, said Mario Čović, the director of SOS Children's Village Lekenik.
SOS Children's Village has been looking after children without parents or parental care since 1992, providing them with love and security in a family environment, along with a permanent home and education needed for happy and peaceful childhood. Every child craves love, attention and acceptance, and SOS Children's Village has been providing all three for more than 18 years. Our Association is also active in children’s rights advocacy and fully committed to the needs of children and issues that affect them.

 

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