The award acknowledges young people, often from difficult backgrounds, who grow up in SOS Children’s Villages around the world and achieve remarkable successes.
The recipient of the 2012 award, Rama Karki from Nepal, came to live at SOS Children’s Village Jorpati after her parents were unable to care for her. The SOS Village, which opened in 1983, was established to care specifically for children and young people with special needs and help them to become as independent as possible.
When she arrived, Rama suffered from club feet and struggled early on in life. SOS Children helped Rama to undergo corrective surgery and provided extensive physiotherapy to help her to walk again. Thanks to the care and attention of her SOS mother and staff in the Village, she was able to recover and progress to total independence.
Rama consistently did exceptionally well at school and was in the top ten students in her class. After passing her exams, she went on to the Institute of Medicine campus to study for a nursing qualification.
Determined to help the most disadvantaged children cope with their disabilities, Rama returned to the SOS Children’s Village in Jorpati where she grew up, as a residential nurse and counsellor in one of the SOS homes for children with physical and learning disabilities. She now plays a major part in the successful development of the children and young people who live here.
Her nomination letter for the award reads: “Rama is an open minded person and totally dedicated to care and support the differently able children and youths. Her tireless dedication to nurse, care and counsel the mentally challenged children and youths in particular and other physically challenged children and youths of SOS Children’s Village Jorpati at large, is highly commendable.”
Rama was presented with her award during a ceremony at the SOS Children General Assembly of which took place during June 2012 in Innsbruck, Austria. Watch a video about Rama's work:
SOS Children in Nepal
Fifty children live in the five family houses at SOS Children’s Village Jorpati and the Village has a therapy room with a small pool for physical therapy. An SOS Youth Centre opened here in 1995, providing tailored support for older children with special needs.
SOS Children began working in Nepal in the 1970s. There are now nine SOS Children's Villages which are altogether home to over 1000 children and young people. Find out more about our work in Nepal.