Update from November 2009
One more year, loaded with experiences and events, is slipping into the past. A year, which we’ll remember as special amongst the eighteen years of our regained independence, indulging us with consistent growth of economy and welfare. This year was, however, characterised by strong economic decline. Over this year we have heard repeatedly of economic difficulties, companies being wound up, increasing unemployment. Thanks to you, dear sponsors, we’ve been able to maintain our living standard while learning to save more and economise.
Several young people have been departed the SOS Children’s Village Keila and SOS Youth Facilities: six young people left the children’s village to youth facilities in spring while four young people from youth facilities are starting half-independent life – young people, who have graduated from school and obtained a profession.
This spring, the last graduation ceremony took place is SOS School,
as the SOS school wound up its activities. Many former students and
friends of the school were present at the event. The graduation
ceremony was memorable, sorrowful and official.
This year, the Children’s Village has received a number of new
employees, by the end of the year the village will have, once again,
all the required staff. Over the year, village director, social worker,
one educator, three SOS mothers and three aunts have started their time
with us. The economic recession has given us a chance to outsource
well-motivated and educated people. Four our SOS mothers had become as
a mentors for new mothers and one SOS mother has retired.
Thanks to our sponsors, this summer the children
had an opportunity to spend a free week in Finland, in English language
learning camp, one family received a day in Pärnu Spa as a present and
one day trip to Helsinki, a three-day trip to Stockholm was also given
to our children. The opera theatre Estonia
gave us free tickets to opera and ballet performances. One yacht club
in Estonia gave our children a beautiful day – they were sailing on
Haapsalu bay on sail boats, making a trip to Vormsi island.
The support you give ensures all the children wanting it with an
opportunity of having a hobby. Our children are doing well in sports.
Approximately a half of our children attend various training groups,
participate in all the events organised by their trainers and also
running, skiing and roller skiing events, organised by the town of
Keila. The interest in sports our children have, has been kept alive by
many athletes, having paid us a visit – Kristina Šmigun, the skier;
Raio Piiroja, the footballer, but also our First Lady, Mrs. Evelin
Ilves, who is also the patron of children’s village and has taken the
matter of the hobbies of our children into her heart. The young people
from both the children’s village and youth facilities attend all the
football matches of the Estonian team, held in Tallinn, bearing the
Fair Play flag.
This autumn, the children
formed children’s government. As the continuity of the government had
been interrupted, the children had to make a real effort to learn to
manage both the events and their time, involve other children in the
activities, enter into agreements.
We wish you a beautiful Christmas and health, success and lots of pleasure in the New Year!
Raivo Ilmsalu, Village director