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Single Motherhood Is Career Choice in SOS Villages

Womens eNews - Sun, 2 Oct 2011 15:36 GMT
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FARIDABAD, India (WOMENSENEWS)--Twenty-one years ago Savita Mohanty chanced upon a job ad in a newspaper. The work appeared to be emotionally demanding but she decided to apply anyway. Today, she is mothering 11 orphaned and abandoned children between the ages of 8 and 13. Her address: Jeevan Jyoti, House No. 7, Greenfields, Faridabad. House No. 7 is one of a number of households in the first SOS Children's Village in India, founded in 1964 and now counting 224 young people who have grown up and moved off to their adult lives. The village is designed to provide each of the resident children--currently numbering 217--with a loving home and supportive extended community. Each child is assigned to three counselors. Their assigned mothers have access to yoga and meditation workshops to help ease the heavy caretaking stress.

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