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International Mother's Day observed in SOS Children's Villages in Bangladesh

 

'Ma' (mother) is a simple two-lettered Bangla word that carries a profound feeling of connectedness. A mother's love for her children has no geographical boundary. A mother understands the sorrows, pains, pleasures, happiness, hunger, thirst, and the dreams of her children. When she prays, she never prays for herself, but for her children. A mother is a precious person whose small heart can accommodate the love for all her children. Feelings among children in SOS Children's Villages in Bangladesh are same and the mothers are the most respected and loving ones among them.  That's why Mother's Day is a very special day for the children here.

 

SOS Children's Villages in Dhaka, Rajshahi, Khulna, Chittagong, Bogra and Sylhet observed Mother's Day on 11 May 2014 with due honour to the mothers.  Through arranging several programs like children's art exhibition, publication of wall magazine, discussion session and cultural function with festivity the mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society are honored. Children also enjoyed family feast in respective family houses.  Some former boys and girls of the Villages also visited their mothers in SOS families with special gifts and hold a special meal at home.

 

SOS Children's Village Dhaka

 

In the discussion session and cultural function arranged in SOS Children's Village Dhaka, renowned writer Selina Hossain was present as chief guest.  Praising the role of SOS mothers, she said, "In my views, an SOS mother is not only the mother, she is the icon of world’s mother who is symbol of love, respect and security." Popular singer S I Tutul was also present in the function and sang songs.  Among others, National Director of SOS Children's Villages Bangladesh Mr. Ghulam Ahmed Ishaque was present.  “I am very happy to join in the unique occasion and also proud of our children to arrange such a nice programme showing their love, respect and gratitude to mothers" the National Director expressed.

 

Children wished their mothers and try to surprise them. "The day was started with wishing ammu (mother) through presenting my handmade card" Towfique of House "Sandhani" of SOS Children's Village Dhaka said. "Ammu is my best guide and inspiration" he added. A nice bonding among mother Amirun and children is found in the family which is important for a happy, healthy family. Another lovely teenage girl of House "Janota" expressed her emotion in her wishing message to her SOS mother Jhuma.  In the card, she wrote, "I love you mom! Thanks for everything you do to keep our big family happy!"  Sumaiya, Mother of house "Rupali" was overwhelmed in her sharing.  "I become overwhelmed while I see innocent face of my children and they greet me “Ma” (mother). My soul became flowing over of affection for them" she expressed.  "Publishing wall magazine is a tradition of SOS Girls' Club Dhaka. And it is our pleasure to maintain it" said the President of the club Rima Das.

SOS Children's Village Chittagong

 

An art exhibition titling "Mother in my eyes" arranged where drawing from children of Family Based Care (FBC) and also Family Strengthening Programme (FSP) under SOS Children's Village Chittagong were displayed. 

 

Chittagong: “Art Exhibition” entitled mother of my eyes at 10.30 am on 11 May 2014. The drawing of the family strengthening programme’s children was exhibited in the exhibition. Rotarian A A M Tariquddin, PHF, President, Rotary Club of Agrabad inaugurated the exhibition as Chief Guest. He also attended in the discussion session and cultural function arranged on that occasion.  He highly appreciated the cultural function of the children and called upon the children to love and respect mothers.

 

SOS Children's Village Bogra

Art competition was held in the Village on Mother's Day and discussion and cultural function by the children was also the main program on that occasion. Prof. Dr. Hosne Are Begum (Ashoka Fellow & PHF) Executive Director, TMSS (Thengamara Mohila Sabuj Sangha - a micro credit NGO) was the chief guest and distributed prizes among the winners of the art competition. Before the cultural function, mothers from family based care and also from family strengthening programme under the Village were given a reception presenting cards and flowers.

 

SOS Children's Village Khulna

An essay competition was arranged on Mother's Day. Winning the 1st prize of the competition, the boy Hossain of House "Topshey" of the Village became delighted. "I am very happy.  This is my gift to ammu (mother) who is my world" he expressed.  The mother Fatema is also full of praises of the child.  "Hossain is a child every parent wishes for.  I am proud of my child" she expressed.  SOS Girls’ Club published a Wall Magazine on that occasion. In the afternoon, a discussion session and a mini cultural show was presented by the children.

 

SOS Children's Village Rajshahi and Sylhet also arranged discussion session to observe the Mother's Day.


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