It's a beautiful warm Spring evening here in the great American mid-west.
Our theme is of children and for children. My first stamp to share is this one from Greece:
I can tell this is a Unicef stamp but not much more than that. This stamps moves me because my daughter, when little, had short brown hair like this. Even a sleeveless little dress and boots like this. I never liked to see her sad.
The next stamps are from Indonesia.
These feature the SOS Children's Villages. Through Google I find they are a group advocating for children's rights.
From their website http://www.sos-childrensvillages.org/:
We help families care for their children. We provide quality alternative care for children who cannot live with their biological families.
We strengthen families
SOS Family Strengthening Programmes help keep children in the care of their family. We support disadvantaged families at risk of separation by bolstering their capacity to protect and care for their children. Strengthening safety nets within the community is key. We run over 2,300 programmes that cater to more than one million children and adults around the world.
We have an individual plan for every child in our care
Children, who cannot be cared for by their biological families are supported by family-based carers either with foster families or within our SOS Children’s Villages. SOS families provide individualised care to promote the development, education and health of each child. In partnership with communities we develop local infrastructure and run kindergartens, day care centres, schools, vocational training centres and medical facilities. We provide over 80,000 children and youth with family-based care.I was unaware of this organization until now. More information is available at the Wiki entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOS_Children%27s_Villages. How wonderful they have a stamp to promote this organization.
Theme next week: Stamps from Russia or former communist countries. Does not have to be old stamps issued by those communist governments - can be from recent years.
Theme Week after that: Flowers for Spring.