Kathmandu, April 28
SOS Children’s Villages has pledged to extend necessary support to the government in promoting youth employment.
The organisation expressed this commitment if the government came up with new plan for youth employment in the country.
A team of SOS Children’s Villages International, including its President Siddhartha Kaul, is currently on a visit to Nepal in connection with participating in the programme organised to hand over the houses constructed by SOS Children’s Village for the earthquake victims of Sindhupalchok and Dolakha districts.
SOS Children’s Villages has constructed 177 houses in Bhimtaar, Indrawati Rural Municipality-12 in Sindhupalchok district and 107 houses in Lankuridanda of Dolakha district.
President Kaul expressed his organisation’s readiness to cooperate with the government in his meeting with the Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and other government officials. He said the SOS Children’s Villages had been extending support by providing shelter and protection to children who had lost their parents and helping the parents of the children who are at the risk of losing their family through the family strengthening programme. He further said the support would be continued in the coming days.
During the meeting with PM Oli, president Kaul informed the PM about the organisational structure of the SOS Children’s Villages and the works it has been carrying out for the proper care, education and upbringing of underprivileged children of 135 countries.
Prime Minister Oli said that the national and international non-governmental organisations also had a responsibility to make the governmet’s student enrolment campaign successful.
Praising the work SOS Children’s Villages has been carrying out in Nepal, PM Oli urged its president to give continuity to such works in future also.
In reply, SOS Children’s Villages International president Kaul said his organisation was always ready to support programmes related to children and education.
SOS Children’s Villages International also informed the PM that the organisation had provided Rs 1.40 billion to Nepal immediately after the Gorkha earthquake in 2015. Moreover, the organisation constructed 284 new houses for the earthquake survivors and reconstructed many community school buildings damaged by the earthquake.
National president of SOS Children’s Villages Nepal Jyoti Ratna Dhakhwa and national director Ishwari Prasad Sharma said they briefed the PM, the government ministers and other high government officials on various activities being conducted through SOS Children’s Villages in Nepal.
A version of this article appears in print on April 29, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.