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Child Sponsorship Report 2009, from Faridabad, India

Sponsored child from Faridabad
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A child sponsorship report from Faridabad in India. Written in 2009.

Dear Friend,

We bring to you greetings and best wishes on Christmas and Happy New Year from children, mothers and co workers of SOS Children’s Village family Faridabad.  It gives us immense pleasure in sharing developments of this year with you.

Children brought home:

This year we have brought home 8 children, which include four boys and four girls.  All are enjoying good health and brought up by loving and caring mothers.  Our Village is having five family houses, which is being looked after by dedicated mothers and mother trainees.  Village is home of 47 children.  22 youngsters are living in youth facility and 12 grown up girls are living outside the Village in different hostels and rented accommodation perusing higher education in different colleges and universities.

Educational Achievements:

Result of the final exams was declared in the Month of April.  Out of 35 children studying in the SOS School, Faridabad, 15 children got 1st division, 5 children got 2nd division, 10 children got 3rd division and remaining promoted to next class. Result of class 10th & 12th (CBSE Board) was declared in the Month of May.  Three children appeared for class 10th and 4 children appeared for class 12th. Out of these seven children, 4 children got 1st division, 2 children got 2nd division and one got third division.

Facilities in the campus:

We have a School inside our campus affiliated with Central Board of Secondary Education Delhi.  The school has approximately 948 children with 75 staff members including teachers and other support staffs working in the school.   We have computer Lab in the campus for our children and we have also kid’s computer for small children .Children are learning the computer in Computer lab in their leisure time.   This year 15 children got admission in Day Care Centre.   The School Auditorium is renovated and become modern and updated with  latest equipments. 

This year the Rain Water Harvesting project sponsored by Coca-Cola Company initiated in the Village to reserve the rain water .This will meet the additional requirement of water in the village during summer season and also expected to recharge the ground water level in the village.

Sports and Co-curricular Activities:

A workshop on Moral Values was organized in the Village.  Mr. Jacob P. Elias, Director CEF of India was the resource person.  His way of presentation through stories and songs was very effective.  Another workshop on Child Rights was organized in August-2009.  All children, young adults of the youth house, mothers, aunts, and co-workers attended this workshop.   Our children, mothers and co-workers clarified so many doubts and asked very relevant questions on rights of children.  This workshop was very fruitful and significant for all of us.

7 children of the Village participated in the Karam Chand Sharma Memorial Carom Tournament.  This Tournament was organized by Faridabad District Carom Association at Ryan International School, Faridabad.  Children Studying in various classes participated in sport competitions organized in the school and won prizes.

An Inter village dance competition was organized at SOS Faridabad campus on the occasion of Ring Award Ceremony.   Mr. Helmut Kutin, President SOS Kinderdorf International awarded SOS Ring  to 16 mothers from Pune, Latur, Bhawana, Jammu, Rajpura & Vishakhapatnam  Children’s Villages. 

Youth Facility:

In the beginning of the year 2009, 7 boys who were above 14 years were shifted to Youth Facility which is near by Village Campus.  Now the total youth in Youth facility are 22 in numbers. Six children of the youth house participated in 6th Inter –School Tae-Kwan-do Championship being organized at Ryan International School, Greater Noida.  They won one silver and five bronze medals.

Settlement:

You will be happy to know that this year, marriage of three grown up girls and one of our youth boys has been solemnized.   They are happy and enjoying married life. This year one of our grown up girl joined the Aditi Maha Vidalya, Bawana, Delhi University to pursue the Bachelors in Social work 1st year. One Grown up girl from Satluj house got admission in Mewar College, Ghaziabad to peruse her degree in Bachelors in Business Administration. One of our youth boys got admission in B. Tech in World College Training Management at Gurgaon.  Other two youths got admission different colleges.  One is pursuing B.com from Yamuna Nagar, Haryana and other one is pursuing professional degree in Hotel Management from Panipat ,Haryana.  

Health of Children :

Health condition of children is satisfactory. Dental check-up of children was done in Manve Rachana Dental College, Suraj Kund Road, Faridabad.  Free services were provided by the College   General Medical Check-up camp was organized in the village for children by Fortis Hospital, Faridabad in the month of June-2009.

As a part of the Eye Care Campaign, Canon organized an Eye Check-up Camp in the village.  Eye Specialists from Venu Eye Care Institute, New Delhi rendered their services.  125 children of Village and FSP were benefited by this program.  All children are hale and healthy, away from any type of serious ailment.

Community Services:

Family Strengthening Programme: As part of community initiative of SOS- India, the strengthening Motherhood programme of those mothers who are widow and separated and struggling for the survival of their children is running successfully in Faridabad village.  We are supporting 94 such mothers who are living around the village.  250 No of children are being benefited from this programme.  One Co-worker is assigned to follow up this programme.  All these mothers are attached with A SOS family.  We observed that impact of this programme brings a new confidence and energy among those mothers.

The entire above are possible only with your kind and valuable support.  We look forward to your continuous support so that we could reach more and more such needy children.

On behalf of children, mothers and co-workers I once again express our sincere thanks to you and wishing you and your family friends a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

With Regards

Yours Sincerely,

(Purusharth Singh)

Village Director