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Child Sponsorship Report 2009, from Semarang, Indonesia

Sponsored children from Semarang
Sponsored children from Semarang

A child sponsorship report from Semarang in Indonesia. Written in 2009.

Dear Friends,

Approaching the end of the year, it is good to look back and be able to report on the achievements of the children living at SOS Children’s Village Semarang.

Health is an important issue at the SOS Village. Last February, the HB values of all its inhabitants including the Youth Community were established, also the blood group of those who had not taken the test earlier. Last August, in cooperation with a laboratory, very cheap blood tests to check for 17 possible diseases were arranged for grownups in the Village and the neighbourhood, besides medical treatment. This action took two days and many neighbours took advantage of it. Medical diagnosis and treatment still being expensive for most of the ordinary people, the SOS Family Strengthening Program (FSP) recently organized a medical mass check-up and treatment free of charge. A team of 38 physicians attended to 496 patients. Volunteers had arranged tents and chairs for those waiting and all received free medication and a snack.

As you know, at the SOS Villages, children have regular activities at which they are guided or taught by their own educators or by teachers from outside. On the other hand, it happens at all Indonesian Villages, that from time to time a complete stranger ¬– eventually becoming a friend ¬– appears and offers to pass on some special knowledge, skill or inspiration to children or staff. Mostly, these persons are locals but sometimes they are foreigners.

Like the young Dutch lady who patiently taught our children to make a mosaic out of small pieces of ceramic tiles. The children really enjoyed this project; at left you can see them at work and at the bottom of the letter you can admire the finished masterpiece!

Another volunteer, a housewife from Semarang, initiated an activity which has become a favourite among teenage girls and Mothers, namely ribbon embroidery, adding beads to perfect the pattern. This method which requires patience and precision is in fashion now, in particular for ladies hand bags. The teenagers were also taught to combine colourful beads into personal necklaces. (In the photo for our Village sponsors, some teenagers show off their creations.)

Dear Friends, on behalf of young and old at Semarang, we at the National Office thank you for all your kindness during the past year and wish you and your family a Joyful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Yours sincerely,

Gregor H. Nitihardjo
National Director