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The Great SOS Rubber Ducky Race

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SOS Children's Villages help homeless children around the globe. There are SOS Aldeas in Panama and in David.

I became familiar with the program when I lived down the way from an Aldea in Santa Ana, Costa Rica.



The Great Rubber Ducky Race

About 22 thousand rubber ducks competed in the 'great Rubber Ducky' race, a charitable activity held yesterday on the shores of the Cinta Costera 2, with the purpose of supporting the work in favor of children and young people of SOS Children's Villages. This initiative is carried out annually in various countries and has returned to Panama after a decade of absence, according to information from SOS Villages Panama and GAME Latin America Duck Racing Team. The event, whose parallel objective was to promote family entertainment, counted with artistic  and humorous presentations.



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Aldeas SOS received a prestigious award in Spain today for the organization's contribution to the aid of vulnerable children.

Fundada en 1949 por el austríaco Hermann Gmeiner, estableció métodos novedosos de “trabajar a largo plazo con los niños huérfanos o abandonados”.

The international organization SOS Villages was awarded this Tuesday 6 September in Spain with the Princess of Asturias prize of Concord 2016, for the organization's contribution to the aid of vulnerable children, especially those affected by natural disasters or armed conflicts.

For nearly seven decades and in 134 countries, Children's Villages has been dedicated to "the protection of children through early pioneers and which become even more validity at a time in which international conflicts are at special risk to the most vulnerable," explained the minutes of the jury.

Founded in 1949 by the Austrian Hermann Gmeiner, established innovative methods of "working over the long term with orphans or abandoned children", to provide a family environment in which to develop until adulthood, indicated the Foundation Princess of Asturias.

Currently, the organization account with some 570 villages that serve more than 58 thousand 880 children, as well as a network of thousand 880 centers among youth residences, schools and hospitals with the capacity to provide assistance to nearly half a million people.

The Concord Prize is the eighth and last of the Princess of Asturias Awards, considered as the Nobel prize of Ibero-Americans.

This award that recognizes the work of individuals or bodies in defense of human rights, peace or freedom, fell last year in the Hospitaller Order of San Juan de Dios, founded in the XVI century and dedicated to assisting migrants, homeless and addicts.

With some 56 thousand dollars and a sculpture of Spanish Joan Miró, the awards recognize people or relevant institutions in areas ranging from scientific research to sports passing by the letters and international cooperation.

The awards of this 36th edition will be delivered in October at a ceremony in Oviedo, the headquarters of the foundation known until two years ago as the Prince of Asturias and renamed in honor to the small Leonor de Bourbon, 10 years, new heir to the throne of Spain.


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