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SOS- A Lasting Experience


Social Services and Community Outreach - Austin

Elder Haven

Elder Haven : Social Services and Community Outreach - AustinElder Haven : Social Services and Community Outreach - AustinOur school, St. Theresa's Catholic School goes on service trips to an adult day care center called Elderhaven. It is located in Austin, TX. At Elderhaven they provide a safe environment for adults that need help in their daily life. We get the opportunity to play games, do arts and crafts, and sing with the elderly. This shows that Austin, as a community, can come together to be there for every member of our society disabled or not.
Battered Women and Children’s Resources

Battered Women and Children’s ResourcesIn Austin, there are many shelters and resources for abused women and there children. St. Louise house is a house for women and children to go after they have left there home because it is not safe. It helps get the damaged families on their feet and starting on a path towards a non- abusive life.
Animal Shelter

Animal ShelterIn Austin, there are many animal shelters, where it is easy and quick to adopt loving pets. The humane society along Town Lake provides a loving home for stray dogs and cats, plus it offers a strict NO KILL policy. This shelter is alone in achieving this goal for the Austin animal shelters. Even though the city allowed the recognition of this policy in 2010, it will not provide any additional funding towards the project. Personally, I support the no kill policy because it is humane not to take the lives of homeless animals. It isn’t their fault. I really like the shelter at Town Lake, because it is fair, and provides kindness and care to all of its animals.
Eco- Friendly Actions

Eco- Friendly ActionsEco- Friendly ActionsOur school uses eco- friendly actions to benefit the environment. There are recycle bins around the school. We recycle bottles, paper, etc. to help the environment improve. We also keep the school grounds clean by cleaning up trash and other things that could make the environment improve by little steps like these. These are just two of the many things our school does to improve our environment.
Eco- Friendly Actions

Eco- Friendly ActionsEco- Friendly ActionsAustin makes furniture and other objects from recycled materials, and from re-purposed materials. There are also many houses and shops made from re-purposed construction materials. This helps the environment because it eliminates the amount of trash in the environment and it makes the materials useful once again. Austin has done many things to help improve the welfare of the environment, and this is one of those actions. Re-purposed material has provided new stores, and restaurants while still being able to help the environment.
Food banks in Austin

Food banks in AustinThere are many places for homeless people to get their food. These places have volunteered to serve the poor and homeless. These places are called Capitol Food Area Food Bank, and Catholic food pantries. These two food banks have helped over 1,000,000 families to serve them for the month.

HomelessAustin provides many shelters for homeless in the area. Some of these organizations include the Salvation Army. This organization provides home for the homeless. Many other organizations in the community give food and supplies to the homeless. These organizations include Goodwill, Caritas, and the Capital Area food Bank.
Meals on Wheels

HomelessMeals on Wheels is a company that provides a meal a day, usually lunch for senior citizens that are unable to leave their house. These seniors may not be able to drive; they may not have family around to get things for them. They also may not have anyone to talk to or have a normal conversation with. Meals on Wheels provide meals and a conversation for senior who may not be able to get those things.
Water Conservation in Austin

Water Conservation in AustinWater Conservation in AustinBecause of the drought in Austin, we have to conserve water and make sure we don’t waste the water that we do have. There are times when our lakes are completely dry and have no water. That’s why Austin has created restrictions that limit us to how and when we use water to water our yards and things like that. This drought has caused us to be way more cautious about how we use our water.

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Ms.S.Malik and Ms.M.Parashar, teachers of St. Mark's Sr.Sec.Public School, Meera Bagh, accompanied guests Ms.Cecilia and Ms.Kajsa, from UNIVERSITY WEST SWEDEN to visit SOS Village at Bawana, on 26.2.2011. The guests from Sweden and children of SOS interacted with each other about the curricular and co-curricular activities. The Swedish friends were impressed with the infrastructural facilities of SOS as well as zealous approach of students of St.Mark’s School, Meera Bagh, who have always extended a helping hand to SOS. Finally, after cutting the cakes and distributing chocolates and Pepsi lovingly sent by the senior students of St.Mark’s Meera bagh, they bid adieu to SOS Village inmates with a silent promise to be back again.

ST.MARK'S MEERA BAGH WORKS FOR A CAUSEThis year too the students of St Mark’s shouldered their responsibility towards the inmates of SOS Village by collecting a substantial amount of Rs 550000. The cheque was handed over to the SOS officials.

ST.MARK'S MEERA BAGH WORKS FOR A CAUSESOS Children's Village is an independent, non-governmental international development organisation which has been working to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights of children since 1949. It was founded by Dr. Hermann Gmeiner in Imst, Austria. According to the Financial Times, the 2004 turnover of SOS Children's Villages altogether was US$ 807 million, and it was ranked 33 out of a 100 global NGOs for "global accountability". Its international umbrella SOS-Kinderdorf International was founded in 1960, after national associations had been established in France, Germany and Italy in addition to the original Austrian association.

The organization's work focuses on abandoned, destitute and orphaned children requiring family-based child care. Millions of children worldwide are living without their biological families for a variety of reasons including:

  • parental separation
  • domestic violence and neglect
  • they have lost their parents due to war or natural catastrophes
  • disease - including, increasingly, AIDS
ST.MARK'S MEERA BAGH WORKS FOR A CAUSESuch children are supported to recover from being emotionally traumatised and to avoid real danger of being isolated, abused, exploited and deprived of their rights.

SOS provides about 50,000 such children and 15,000 young adults with a permanent new family, with a '24 hours a day' new SOS mother to provide family-based care. Typically (in the developing world) about ten children are grouped into a house with an SOS mother and between ten and forty of such houses are grouped together as a "Village" with shared facilities. Family groups once formed are kept together as a priority.

Come let us give a loving home to every child.
Service before SelfService before SelfThe International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement was founded by Jean Henry Dunant, a Swiss Businessman in 19th century. It was founded to protect human life and health, to ensure respect for all human beings, without any discrimination based on nationality, race, sex, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It is an international humanitarian movement with approximately 97 million volunteers, members and staff worldwide.

The Indian Red Cross is a voluntary humanitarian organization having a network of over 700 branches throughout the country, providing relief in times of disasters, emergencies and promotes health and care of the vulnerable people and communities. It is a leading member of the largest independent humanitarian organization in the world, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
Hello All
I got to know about this site from my friends in GVC through which we can donate for Tsunami-Earthquake victims in Japan. I was able to do it. So I thought I should share this with you all.

Second one is a direct link to the donation page. First one gives you updated info.
Child Rights and You commonly abbreviated as CRY is a non-profit organization in India that aims to restore children's rights in India. The organisation was established in 1979. The organization partners with grass-roots Non governmental organisations to uplift thousands of Indian children denied basic children's rights. It works towards restoring basic rights to children, especially from India and works across levels from direct action to advocacy, mobilizing public opinion and policy change.

It was started by Rippan Kapur, who died in 1994 at a very young age of 40.

It focuses mainly on the 4 basic rights of survival, development, protection and participation which were defined by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child(CRC), an international human rights treaty which has been ratified by 192 countries.

It's not one thing that stands in the way of child rights, it's many. And every small thing you do sets off big change for not one child, many. For more information visit :

Ramakrishna Mission: Sharada Milk Scheme
Ms L Srinivas Of St Mark’s Meera Bagh had the wonderful opportunity to be witnessand contribute to this Noble Cause. The pictures were taken by her.
Ramakrishna Mission
Gadadhar Abhyudaya Prakalpa and Vivekananda Swasthya Pariseva Prakalpa:
The Free Milk Distribution Scheme which was inaugurated on 1st May 2009, gained momentum in course of time when many poor children in the vicinity (age group of 2 to 6 years) and expectant/lactating mothers started taking the benefit of free milk distribution. The number of beneficiary children gradually increased. As on 31st March 2011, as many as 200 children became the beneficiaries of this scheme per day. Two programs titled Gadadhar Abhyudaya Prakalpa and Vivekananda Swasthya Pariseva Prakalpa were also started this year. A total of 450 children (215 boys and 235 girls) were benefitted by these programs. In addition to milk, nutrition in the form of snacks is also provided. Besides, some useful items like tooth brush, tooth paste, school uniforms, pens, exercise books, soaps etc. are also being given every month according to their needs. On some occasions, medical aid is also provided to them.
Gadadhar Abhyudaya Prakalpa and Vivekananda Swasthya Pariseva Prakalpa
Half an hour before the distribution of the items as above, the children are taught some bhajans and Vedic prayers for their moral and spiritual development. As the recipients swelled to 200 on average, the venue for one of the programes was shifted to a nearby park maintained by Bhilwara Group of Industries where a statue of Swami Vivekananda is located. The other Gadadhar Abhyudaya Prakalpa is conducted at New Rajinder Nagar and the Vivekanda Swasthya Pariseva Prakalpa is conducted at Vasant Vihar. On the whole, this project is a great success and has attracted the admiration of one and all.
SMS Family Extends a Helping Hand

In response to an appeal put forward by GOONJ , an NGO working for the downtrodden sections of society, the SMS family contributed 16 sacks of used bed sheets and sarees for our less fortunate brethren on 04 Nov, 2011.

aims to address one of the basic needs of the mankind i.e. clothing out of three i.e. food, shelter and clothing simply by addressing the urban feature of space constraint and consumerism, due to which urban household discard old clothes and other household material.

GoonjGOONJ channelises this material to the poorest in the far flung areas of the country, where, it not only fulfils a basic need but also frees up their meagre resources for other more pressing needs.

The thought is very simple and straight. They ask people to give them all such material at their home or in office, which they hardly use. GoonjAfter a rigorous sorting and in a very systemic manner, it goes to needy people in the remotest parts of the country for whom these are very valuable. We collect - A growing child’s old clothes and old toys which are gathering dust in some corner of the house, utensils, clothes, blankets, one side used paper, medicines, stationary, old newspapers, magazines, anything and every thing you don’t feel like throwing away but don’t need any more. We firmly believe that anything can be reused, if we do it systematically and it has a potential to solve a major problem of someone needy.

This year too as in the previous years St Mark’s Meera Bagh extended a helping hand to Muskaan an Ngo which looks after the needs of ‘Gods own children’. The school was venue the for sale of candles, Diyas (earthenware lamps), lanterns, spices, and various other home grown items produced by the inmates of Muskaan. The word Muskaan means Smile and it aims to put a smile on every face which is in need of it. Our school too made an attempt to put a smile on Muskaan’s face. Our students helped them by promoting the sales in a big way.
Muskaan started as an effort to provide opportunities for meaningful education amongst children from deprived background in late 1997. Twenty slum children, working and out of schools, became part of a 2-hour schedule of fun and learning (both ways). The daily interaction with the children and a constant exposure to the hardships the communities and specific groups go through resulted in an increased and a more planned response to other concern areas including education and also the number of children and slums. We are thus today working with over 400 children across 6 slums and with their parents.

A parrot-A pal

Last year we adopted a parrot from Sanjay Gandhi Van(forest). He was very smart, sometimes rude but overall was a great pal. He was sick when we brought him home and was not able to fly properly. We tried to train him. He was very talkative and a great mime artist.  My teacher visited me once and she laughed out loud at his antics, but when she stopped laughing we could still hear her laughter. Our parrot pal was echoing her laughter too! He was So Clever! We all doubled up with laughter again, and you can well imagine what a raucous was created after that. We would just leave him in our room and then he would try to fly. He would sit on the tube light and we would worry ‘WILL IT BREAK’? My mother could catch him and then we were able to breathe properly. Slowly steadily, he improved and after almost four months, he became well.
Then the day came when my mother opened the cage and he flew away, leaving us a bit sad but happy at the same time with the thought that now, after getting well, he should be able to protect himself and live freely as a bird should.




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