We turn once again to all of you to share the latest events that have lived the families of this village; but first, we want to thank you sincerely for all your support during this year 2009.
Thanks to your generous contributions, the SOS Children's Village Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico serves 75 boys and girls, who are integrated in the nine families that make up this programme, and they have now the opportunity to develop themselves in a warm atmosphere.
Starting this year, we began working with a new operating plan, which allows us to generate inputs for the three strategic objectives of the National Strategic Plan 2009 - 2016: children, friends and people. We carried out the second of the four revisions that will be carried out this year, as part of the 2009 strategic plan. We had good results in general, but we also identified some areas of opportunity on which we are already working.
Ernesto, the young ParaOlympic athlete, has continued competing and this year he obtained the State Award in Sports joint to an economical reward of 20,000 mexican pesos, this amount allowed him to reach his dream of having his own computer. It is important to highlight that this award can only be obtained once in a lifetime and Ernesto has reached this achievement at a very early age. In the second quarter of this year, Ernesto travelled to Sonora to participate in a regional competition where he won several medals in athletics and he also obtained a scholarship after being recognised as a high performance athlete.
As you might know, we have two girls and a boy who underwent surgery for cleft lip and cleft palate, although this is not considered a disability in Mexico, it does generate special healthcare conditions to be followed up by their mothers. It is probable that they require several surgeries as they grow up, this year Miriam and Fernanda underwent surgery again. Despite the fact that they are only 2½ years, they are very brave and they have had an excellent recovery aimed by the tenderness and love provided by their mothers.
We are proud to inform you we had our first appointment of an SOS mother in this programme last February. The Aunt Miriam received this recognition, becoming the first SOS Mother in the village.
In March, we celebrated 15 years of SOS Children presence in the state of Chiapas. We prepared a commemorative event attended by members of our directive board, government authorities of Chiapas, including the governor's wife, as well as our local friends who have witnessed the development of the organisation in the state.
As part of the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of SOS Children worldwide, we conducted a highly successful vaccination campaign against the child mistreatment; likewise the whole village community and some children’s protection governmental authorities of the state of Chiapas signed the Pact for Proper Treatment, a document in which we committed to provide proper treatment to get proper treatment.
Amid so much happiness, we also had moments of sadness, because Aunt Elvira unfortunately could not overcome the pneumonia that caused her death on July 29, this was an unfortunate event for the entire village community and as part of the grief, we prayed and attended nine rosaries.
During September the three programmes SOS in Chiapas state held a special event as part of the Global Games for Peace; among other things, we had a football tournament at the Comitan village as well as various competitions for children with and without disabilities.
We hope this year has been prosperous for all of you and all your beloved ones, and thanks again for all things that you make possible with your support. Please accept our heartfelt blessings.
Aída Villagrán Aguilera
SOS Children’s Village Tuxtla Gutierrez
Child sponsorship update report 2009 from the SOS Children's Village Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico