His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, head of state and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his efforts to peacefully negotiate with China to restore peace of human rights in Tibet.
Since SOS Children's Villages in Tibet opened, children and many others associated with SOS Children's Villages have been deeply moved by the Dalai Lama.
"The splendid work done by SOS Children's Villages is charity where deeds speak louder than words," said the Dalai Lama. "The revolutionary idea and the general concept developed by Hermann Gmeiner for providing orphaned and abandoned children with a new family and a permanent home has had a great influence on child welfare world-wide, and SOS Children's Villages have become a model on every continent."
"Above all, SOS Children's Villages shows that it is possible to create a community of brothers and sisters comprising children of all races, creeds and nationalities," he continued. "The ties that develop and hold these communities together and form the basis of their upbringing is love."
Additional quotes from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama:
"SOS Children's Villages practices global responsibility in a world of crisis and as such is seen as a torch of hope - hope above all that, with the right frame of mind and a committed effort, peace and happiness will triumph."
"SOS Children's Villages has a special place in the hearts of hundreds of Tibetan children. Thanks to the kindness and support of SOS Children's Villages hundreds of Tibetan orphans and children in need have been given a home, loving care and a good education in various villages, schools and youth houses. The help we have received from SOS Children's Villages has enabled us to raise our children in keeping with the traditional values of Tibetan culture and to prepare them for a life in which they will be able to find their place in modern society and make their own contribution to this world. SOS Children's Villages is an outstanding humanitarian movement, not only for Tibetans but for all peoples. It is a work of love that knows no borders, no racial or ideological differences, only human beings."
"Today everyone is looking for happiness, and no one wants to suffer. Yet ours is an unhealthy age; there are so many crises. That is why it is important to learn to feel for others and to practise sympathy. That is best done as Hermann Gmeiner did it -- with a big heart for children."