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Published: Monday, 02.11.2015

Senators from 14 countries visited the SOS Children's Village Croatia

Association SOS Children's Village Croatia recently had the honor of hosting the first conference of SOS Children Villages International senators, entitled 1st SENATOR ALUMNI CONFERENCE.

In the period between October 23 and 26, SOS Children's Village Croatia played host to senators from fourteen countries and their teams. The guests were delighted with the sights in the Croatian capital and in the region of Hrvatsko zagorje. Thanks to their hosts, the president of Association SOS Children's Village Croatia Prof. Mariza Katavić, vice-president Branimir Vlajo and SOS Children's Village national director Višnja Tuškan-Krupić, our dear friends had the opportunity to see many Zagreb landmarks in the three days they spent here. After sightseeing around the historic Upper Town, they took a ride on the famous Zagreb cable car and visited the Museum of Broken Relationships, a truly unique experience.

Our guests also had the chance to witness the beauty of Hrvatsko zagorje, where they visited the Trakošćan castle and the Krapina Neanderthal Museum. They also visited the Kozjak farm, where they were served a delicious lunch.

The crowning event of this lovely visit came on Monday, October 26. Senators and their teams paid a visit to the SOS Children's Village Lekenik, where they spent a memorable day and saw a wonderful entertainment program prepared just for them. After the welcoming addresses by the president of the Association SOS CVC Prof. Mariza Katavić, Lekenik Mayor Ivica Perović and national director Višnja Tuškan-Krupić, directors of SOS Children's Villages Lekenik and Ladimirevci, Mario Čović and Zoran Relić, presented the work and activities of their Villages and SOS Mobile Teams working in the Lekenik Municipality and the Županjska Posavina region.

We saved the best for last: our children performed a play Cricket and the Ants, but the biggest applause was reserved for our youngest performers, members of our Little Playroom. They wowed the guests with a highly original rendition of the song “Turopolje in My Heart”.

After the entertainment program and meeting, senators toured the Village. The weather was exceptionally sunny and lovely, so the Village was full of children and SOS mothers enjoying outdoor activities. Senators also had the opportunity to learn more about the daily life of one SOS family, which welcomed them in their SOS home in the SOS Children's Village Lekenik.

The honorary president of SOS Kinderdorf International Helmut Kutin enjoyed the visit immensely. At the end of the day, he wished us all the best in our efforts to live the idea of the SOS Children's Villages, while the current president Siddhartha Kaul congratulated SOS Children's Village Croatia on its exceptional work.

This pleasant gathering ended with a delicious lunch prepared by our SOS hosts. Everyone talked about the wine goulash for days afterwards! Senators left the SOS Children's Village Lekenik and Zagreb later that afternoon, with smiles on their faces and happy memories they will cherish for a long time to come. They promised to visit us again as soon as possible.

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