SOS-mother Vera SOS-mother Vera has been working in SOS Children Village Tomilino (Moscow region) since 1996, when the Village was launched.
She’s unique: in spite that she had no her own children, she’s a real mother by her heart – loving, accepting, guarding and guiding. One of her first children, Vova, came to her house when he was 1 year old. He had a long list of medicine diagnoses; he didn’t sit and didn’t talk. He was refused by mane potential adopting parents because of his physical state. But SOS-mother Vera had the main medicine – love.
With time her child started to sit, then talk, then walk. Now Vova is 15 years old, he’s a tall always-smiling boy, with active approach to life. What’s her main motherhood secret? She sees only good sides of every child, and every child tries to do his best to be that good.
At the moment SOS-mother Vera is already a SOS-grandmother of 4 children!
Nadezhda worked like an orphanage director for many years, seeing how this system breaks children’s souls.
With time, her daughter had grown up, the orphanage was closed, and Nadezhda was left alone. She was thinking a lot about what she would like to do further, and the one she was sure of was that she wanted to share her life and her love with abandoned children, but not within government system of orphanages.
By occasion she saw an advertisement in a newspaper about SOS-mothers recruiting; she came to watch what is it and stayed there. This year Nadezhda has her first SOS leaver, her son has gone to Youth facility. She’s worrying about him a lot, of course, and he often visits his mother.
But life is going on, this May 2 little boys, 3 and 4 years, came to her house. And in September 3 new kids – two girls and one boy – joined them. Daily mother’s routine occupies Nadezhda’s life.
“What does it mean to be a mother? To set clear rules of family daily life, for making a child feel safe. To make him believe that today, tomorrow and always mother will be near, loving and supporting”.
Antonina came to SOS Children Village Pushkin (Sankt-Petersburg) 12 years ago, in the year of the Village opening.
Ex-professional sportsman, she didn’t have her own children, and didn’t doubt when she heard about SOS from her friends. First months were a nightmare for her, her first decision was to leave the Village, then she decided to work as a SOS-aunt.
By that time, 6 children were already living in her house. One day, she came from SOS-mothers union, and saw flowers on the table and a card with “For the best mom”.
“At that moment I understood that I can’t live without my children, I am not able to betray them”, - she says.
Her eldest daughter Eugenia is 22 years old now. She’s finishing her study and getting ready to be completely independent. And Antonina is growing up 5 new kids.
“To be a mother – is to see and appreciate good moments and don’t concentrate on bad things. And always believe in your children”.