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Child Sponsorship Report 2009, from Jaipur, India

Ex-Sponored child from Jaipur
Ex-Sponored child from Jaipur

A child sponsorship report from Jaipur in India. Written in 2009.

Dear Friend,

It has been wonderful working hand in hand with all of you! Let us not only celebrate our accomplishments, but also set goals afresh. Let us unite and God be with us throughout the coming year- 2010.

CHILDREN:

In the current year according to our goal to bring home needy children, 8 new children were brought home.  At present there are 139 (95 Girls & 44 Boys) in our 14 family houses. The children were placed under the loving care and protection of our well trained and dedicated SOS mothers and have settled down very well in the family environment of the village.The other children in their homes welcomed and extended all kind of support.They gave them their toys and other playing equipments so that they will be comfortable and happy.

Our pre-school nursery with 13 children (10 from village and 3 from the community) is a well equipped and staffed center of learning through play-way and fun-filled methods. Different developmental activities like visits to the Zoo and science park, story-telling, role-plays and dance were organized for the nursery kids.

Up gradation of the existing Rain Water Harvesting system was carried out during the year, courtesy Coca Cola India.  This project will help us in stabilizing depleting water sources in and around the village and also to conserve precious rain water. A tree plantation drive was implemented in the village as part of Green Rajasthan initiative of Government of Rajasthan, to spread the message of conservation of natural resources and the environment.

The whole village campus is having a new and attractive look after completing the Paint and White wash work and all small woodwork in the family houses and other facilities. Old rusted iron swings were replaced by installing the new moulded swings which are harmless for children are enjoying the swing rides with much fun and happiness.

ACADEMICS:

With your encouragement and enthusiastic support, we have continued working hard in nurturing our children with quality education. The children have performed well in class X and XII board examinations. Out of 14 children who appeared in board examination (CBSE & Rajasthan Board) 10 qualified with good grades. Four girls got admission in Regional Vocational Training Institute for Women, Jaipur in Computer Operator and Programming Assistant courses and one girl joined the Industrial Training Institute for women, Bani Park, Jaipur, after completing class XII in school.  Three girls were able to obtain suitable employment after completion of their respective vocational courses.

ACTIVITIES:

Workshops on Child Rights, Personality development, Career Counselling and Communication Skills were organized with the help of external experts. Apart from this, different developmental activities to stimulate the overall development of children were organized throughout the year. A two day refresher training course was also organized for our mothers during this period. In summer vacation children attended regular Yoga classes under the supervision of the Yoga instructor. Children won many prizes in Yoga competition.

Traditional festivals of all faiths were enthusiastically celebrated in the village. Diwali the festival of lights was celebrated with great enthusiasm.  Children/Mothers wore new clothes and wish each other .The Whole village was illuminated with colourful lights.

YOUTH FACILITY:

Our Youth-facility for young boys (Arunoday) has been functional for many years. Presently, there are 10 youngsters under the care of a well trained Youth leader. Eight boys are attending regular schools and the rest are pursuing vocational courses of their choice in different institutions. This year five youths got settled in suitable jobs and are doing very well in their vocations.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

Three girls got married during the year and are leading a happy married life.  Hena Pore of SOS CV Jaipur, topped the list in the Combined Defence Services examination and joined the Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai on 10th October, 2009, and after completion of her training she will be commissioned as an officer.

COMMUNITY PROGRAMME:

The Family Strengthening Programme (FSP) with the objective of empowering and helping disadvantaged families in taking care of children in their natural families and communities is running successfully. At present, 80 vulnerable families and their 258 needy children from the nearby community are getting benefits under this programme. Workshops on varied issues like Self Help Groups, Microfinance, Livelihood, Child rights etc. were organized throughout the year. This year, five children (3 boys & 2 girls) were admitted to technical courses in Industrial Training Institute, Jaipur. One of the children got admission in Bachelor of engineering course. Frequent follow-ups are undertaken to evaluate the academic progress of the children. In the current year, eight children appeared in class XII examination and passed with good grades.  Twenty children appeared in class X examination and 15 passed with good grades. One boy scored 75% marks in class XII (Commerce) and has got a job as computer operator whilst pursuing a B.A. Commerce programme. 15 FSP mothers were trained this year in a three month artificial Jewellery designing course in Jan Shikshan Sansthan , Jaipur . Four mothers from FSP have been aligned with “Palanhar Yojna” of the Govt. and 3 FSP mothers are being facilitated for grant of a pension for widows. Sensitization and capacity-building programmes for FSP mothers on topics like HIV/AIDS, child rights, parenting skills, health & nutrition and gender sensitivity. were also conducted during the year.

In conclusion our grateful thanks goes to you, for in our journey ahead and realization of our mission, we will once again be counting on your continued support and friendship.  Together, we can bring smiles into the lives of many more children.

We wish you and your family members a ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS & PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2010.

With best wishes,

D.R. PURI                                                                                         
President