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Nora – SOS Children's Village Concepción, Chile

Nora and her SOS family
Nora and her SOS family

Nora is one of several experienced SOS mothers at SOS Children's Village Concepción, the first SOS Village to be built in Chile. The following interview gives an insight into her life as an SOS mother.

How long have you been working for SOS Children's Villages?

20 years next September.

How many children have you raised?

I have raised many children. When I first arrived I cared for children who previously lived with another SOS mother. Therefore, I consider the children I currently care for to be my generation of children.


What do you think makes a happy childhood?

There are many things that contribute to a happy childhood. I think that a close family and communication are both very important. I feel that my family is united and we spend some very good moments together.

What kind of things do you do as a family?

I organise many family activities. During the summer, for example, we go on holiday together. We always go to a place that I know the children will like. Lately, we have been going to the house I keep in the town of Coelemo, in the countryside. We play outdoors games and have evening meals together. My children enjoy the companion and friendship of my extended family that live nearby. For both me and my children, my family is the family of everyone. No one makes a distinction. My children enjoy these trips and look forward to the summer holidays every year.

What are your elder children currently doing?

Although my older children have left the village and become independent, they often come to visit me and the rest of their SOS family.

My beloved daughter left the village a few years ago. She did not follow a professional career, but she was very successful in what she chose do. After she finished school, she initially chose to study nursery education, but at the same time, she attended hairdressing classes. At the end of her course, she realised that she preferred hairdressing and chose do this professionally. She has been very successful and bought her own house, not something which is easily done. She is now married and has a lovely son who she often brings to visit. She grew up with responsibility and wisdom, and I am very proud of what she has achieved.

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