October 5, 2013
“ In 1984 I was getting my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. That summer I visited my bio- father in Vienna. He took me to visit a nearby SOS Children's Village where I got to see SOS Kinderdorf in action. I was immediately impressed with the sense of joy, caring, cleanliness and stability that I saw and felt in the SOS homes. I will always remember my father telling me that it was required that SOS mothers come from large families themselves so they would be comfortable with the energy of a big family. That seemed very wise to me. I bought and read a copy of "The Hermann Gmeiner Book:The Story of SOS. It's on my shelf to this day.
My father was a staunch supporter of SOS having himself experienced the losses of wartime Austria. He traveled to Bosnia when the first SOS home opened there and he remained impressed with the SOS system to the very end of his life. With other organizations there were times when he became frustrated about some element of their operation. I never heard him say anything negative about SOS.
In my father's final years he reconnected strongly to one of his favorite places in the world - Haiti and adamantly followed the difficulties and restoration efforts of SOS Haiti. Margie Bruszer, the Major Gifts Officer established a warm meaningful communication with my father making sure that he got as much news as possible about his beloved Haiti. This meant a lot to him and to me as well. I am very thankful for all that SOS Children's Villages accomplishes.”
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