It is said that “Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.” This certainly has been true for us who watch over many children as they grow. They bring joy to our environment, teach us how to be true friends and to love one another despite the situation. We have also learnt that good life is not only guided by knowledge and inspired by accomplishments made but also by the everyday challenges we succeed to overcome.
Another year is coming to an end. It has been filled with joys, successes and challenges but that did not deter us from achieving our objectives for the year. SOS Children’s Village Nairobi is proud to have 242 (136 children and 106 youth) and other 15 youth from other countries under its care. 8 youth have joined different colleges to pursue diploma courses. 2 have joined university while 4 are waiting to join university in South Africa and USA. 6 were able to carry out a three to six months attachment before resuming college. 7 youth have completed their education and are seeking employment while another 7 youth have successfully been integrated into the community marking the beginning of independence. However, and most importantly so, they have their SOS mothers for advice whenever they are in need.
Our children participated in the Kenya Taekwondo Junior tournament and won 3 gold, 4 silvers and 5 bronze. The 3 gold medallists Jeremy, Peter and Everline represented Kenya in the junior championship held in Kampala, Uganda. They made us proud by bringing home 1 gold and two silver medals; this was indeed an achievement for the entire SOS family in Kenya.
SOS Social Youth Centre
Turning to our youth centre a total of 4,600 youth from the community are benefiting from the centre. The Youth are actively engaged in skills development activities which are facilitated by a team of animators. They also have the drama and dance clubs which have recruited 52 active youth members who rehearse from Monday to Friday. We are happy to mention that four youths are currently competing in the Sakata dance show which is being aired on a local television network.
GlaxoSmithKline - Working in the Community Service
The company is one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. They make positive contributions to the communities in which they operate, and invest in health, education and partnerships that aim to bring sustainable improvements to the community. In a bid to give back to the community their staff members participated in the community service day dubbed as the Orange Day. The staff were involved in clean up exercises both in the village and it’s environment. Besides that, they also donated cash, detergents, foodstuffs and library books.
SOS Primary and Nursery School
We currently have 255 children and 73 are from the village. The students have had a wonderful year posting good results in both their internal and external examinations. Currently the grade 8 students are sitting for their national exams. In co-curricular activities different clubs have participated in events like rock expedition, camping for scouts, music festivals (where they secured 2nd position in the country) and the debating club. Pupils are regularly updated on current affairs via reading of news three times a week during the school assembly times.
The SOS Technical Training institute and Vocational Centre
They were able to complete and mount furniture for 3 family houses in SOS Children’s Village Eldoret. Academically, students are being prepared for the national practical and theory examination. Besides that the students and their teachers had a team building event where they took part in a voluntary service during the Quattro charge event.
Family Strengthening Programme
The Family Strengthening Progamme has continued to provide direct support services to its beneficiaries to strengthen their capacities and help them form partnerships to realise the programme objectives. They have been able to maintain their social units by providing programme interventions that facilitate development, support building blocks that anchor health, educate the populace, create employment and spur entrepreneurial activities. Medically, free clinics were conducted and 910 patients benefited from the services. At the Voluntary Counselling Testing many people were tested and it was noted that there was a higher prevalence of HIV/AIDS among women as compared to men. To support the youth and boost food security, Kitchen garden and adolescent therapy group programmes were established in order to cater for the changing needs in the communities.
On behalf of the children, SOS Mothers, and co-workers, we are wishing you a Merry Christmas, a prosperous and happy new year.