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SOS Children's Villages project

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Pondicherry: Lt. Governor M.M. Lakhera has called upon the children who were affected by natural disasters such as tsunami and became homeless to use fully the opportunities being given to them by the SOS Children's Villages of India, non-government voluntary organisation, which would be establishing a village for their welfare in Pillayarkuppam village near Pondicherry.

Laying the foundation of the village on Wednesday Mr. Lakhera said the organisation had taken up works for rebuilding two tsunami-hit villages (Moorthy Pudhukuppam village in Pondicherry and Akkarapettai in Karaikal) by building houses. The houses got ready in Pondicherry would be handed to the tsunami-hit villagers in Moorthy Pudhukuppam on Thursday.

A different location

The Lt. Governor said the SOS Children's Village would be a different location for the children who would be looked after with care and affection and hence the opportunities now being created to the children who had lost the parents and who would be accommodated in the village of the organisation should be fully used.

Siddhartha Kaul, Deputy Secretary General, Asia, SOS Kinderdorf International, the project was trying to provide facilities for the children with necessary infrastructures in the SOS children's village. He thanked the Pondicherry Administration for positive response to the plan of the organisation to have the SOS children's village project.

P. Rajavelu, government whip who felicitated the NGO for the launching of the project in Pondicherry, said he had at one stage felt the need for such a village project for the unfortunate children who had lost their parents in the last year's tsunami. Mr. Rajavelu said he wished there was a home for the Aged also.

Pradeep Singh, National Director of SOS Children's Villages of India, referred to the work done by the organisation in various parts of the country for the welfare and care of the children including those rendered homeless.

Nearly 150 children affected by tsunami in the coastal villages of Pondicherry and Karaikal would be accommodated in the upcoming village project.

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