A rocky and mountainous Machinjiri town in Blantyre, now has more than 150 vulnerable and orphaned children at SOS Village and we are assessing 24 more children. We have 7 new aunts this year so in total, we have 8 and 10 Assistant SOS mothers. We will soon be full. The bonding between the new children and their new SOS mothers is going on well.
As the years go by more exciting equipment is coming to Blantyre. A very good example is some OBOS play ground equipment that has so far been mounted all over the village, with the others to be erected in due course. The equipment is currently being painted in different colours, and the face of the village is slowly changing. Not only that, during the year, the children also received clothes, balls, soccer uniforms, books, blankets, sheets, and shoes from well wishers like Sue Booth, Legal Charity, Janchwell and of course, many more. A commendable job indeed! Many sincere thanks to you all!!!!
The installation of the maize mill was also very exciting this year! Previously, our mothers patronized outside maize mills, but this toil will soon vanish. Mothers will then have more time to be with their children. As if this is not enough, it is pleasing to report that the village has now a pit latrine that can be used in time of water scarcity. Isn’t that good news?
The academic performance of the children at school has been very good. However, a challenge to maintain an excellent performance is there. By the time one would think the children are getting settled, you find new ones joining the village, and normally, new children come with their own academic problems where oftimes, we need to go back to the drawing board. All the same, the situation is being taken care of by introducing remedial lessons and supervised studies. The programs have proven to work very well.
Our children attended various external functions where the children learnt a lot. For instance, when they witnessed the graduation ceremony of the University of Malawi at College of Medicine, most of them were highly motivated to work hard in class and really wanted shake hands with the State President one day in the future! What a motivation!
Guess what? SOS mothers have had cooking lessons where they learnt ice cream making. ‘Is this being prepared in the village?’ I asked the Village Social Worker when she brought ice cream prepared by one of our mums. I couldn't believe it.
Mr. Ken Sakala—Village Director
Our Blantyre Medical Centre had been extremely busy with an increasing umber of patients accessing integrated services ranging from emergency outpatient to rehabilitation program for disabled children.. Our pediatric clinic has the busiest ever and to date has registered 79 clients.
Malaria, rated number the one diseases followed by epilepsy, skin conditions and other communicable diseases. Some children had been treated for cardiac conditions. Dear little Paul, who one afternoon kept our outpatient medical staff on their toes to save his life when he had convulsions after a fall. Paul is now fine and smiling.
ARV Clients are increasing tremendously with 30 clients registered this year. We have also seen an increase in clients coming for voluntary counseling & HIV testing. On average 50 clients are seen every month. No contagious infections this year in our Village - bravo infection prevention team.
Our rehabilitation program distributed wheel chairs to the disabled. The community based rehabilitation program was very busy. Most children on anti epileptic drugs are improving, especially with the consultations by a local pediatrician.
Workshop have been held, the District Health Office Paul (left) & his twin brother Peter opened a nutrition clinic at our centre and village children received free mosquito nets.
Our relationship extended further and beyond the boundaries of our continent. In July, we received huge donation from Sue Booth from UK which included walking sticks, wheel chairs, a computer, cushions, books and clothes for Christmas presents for children with disabilities. Thanks to Sue, her effort is greatly appreciated.
The year ends with a huge Christmas Party for our disabled children which both staff and patients are so looking forward to.
Ms. J. Jere—Head