October is an exciting month for SOS India – it means Diwali celebrations are right around the corner! For 50 years, children throughout our Villages have been lighting their Diyas and celebrating the light of hope, hope that many of them did not have before coming to SOS. This year in particular we have a lot to celebrate. SOS India recently won Best NGO of the Year award (large category), presented by the Resource Alliance and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and the EdelGive Foundation. The award was presented to an NGO in India that demonstrated best practices in creative resourcing, financial management, and effectiveness of the organization in improving the lives of people they serve. Mr. Rakesh Jinsi, National Director of SOS Children's Villages India was grateful to accept the award “SOS India was honored to receive this award, especially in its 50th year of operation in India. To be chosen from a group of 400 applicants, for the strength of our transparency, innovation in our program delivery and management and resource mobilization, is indeed a worthy recognition." SOS India will also be celebrating the recent roll out of our Positive Youth Development (PYD) module which was created in partnership with the Department of Psychology at Delhi University. The model focuses on breaking down communication barriers between adolescents and adults. All youth leaders and village directors have received training on how to become an adult ally and incorporate experiential learning into all of our youth programs. PYD strategies will help guide youth as they transition from adolescents to adults. The PYD module fosters 7 C’s as the characteristic all youth need as they make this transition: Competence, Character, Communication, Connection, Caring, Career, and Confidence. Finally, SOS India will continue to celebrate its 50th Anniversary and the supporters who have made our work possible all these years. Since our first in Village in Faridabad opened in 1964, we have ensured hundreds of thousands of children have had the opportunity to grow up in a loving family, attend school, and most importantly, just be kids. That is truly something worth celebrating.