Larbert West Parish Church
SOS Children’s Villages – “PRIYA”
The Kirk Session have for many years sponsored a child but some time ago the Charity through whom we carried out the sponsorship decided that it was not appropriate to sponsor a named child as it singled them out from other local children. However, we have found that SOS Children’s Villages allows us to be concerned for a particular child although our sponsorship funding is applied to the Children’s Village in which the child lives and all children there benefit equally.
The arrangement in a Children’s Village is very similar to that employed for many years at the Quarrier’s Homes in Bridge of Weir, Scotland, where a number of children live together as a family with house parents to look after them.
We are conscious that this article is written for a website which will be able to be viewed throughout the world and consequently we have given our child the alternative name of PRIYA and we will not disclose where she lives other than that it is in India.
Priya was only four years old when she came to the SOS Children’s Village, but she has bonded well with her SOS family and has made many friends. She is now (December 2015) nearly 14 years old and loves to spend time with her friends on the playground, taking care of her dolls and especially dancing. A creative girl, Priya also enjoys drawing and other arts and crafts. Priya hopes to be an engineer, but that is a long time away, although her educational achievements so far indicate that it might be a possibility.
Update: Priya is a good dancer, and is participating very actively in extracurricular activities in school as well as her village. She is studying in 8th standard in Diana Memorial School and scored 75% marks in her grade 7 exams. Her teachers say that she is intelligent and has the potential to get a scholarship in the class 10 Board exams. She is fluent in the local language (Kannada) and in English too.
We have sent a card for her birthday in January 2016 and enclosed some hair clips, a sparkly mirror and a nail buff as they don't recommend you send any parcels as they often go missing. Last year she wrote us a letter and I have asked if she will write again. This is the letter Priya sent us in 2015 and is her own account of her progress. It can be found on a pdf file by clicking on this link.
Update 2016: We have received a letter in June 2016 recounting Priya's progress. A transcript of this can be found by clicking this link.