It is a real pleasure to write to you again and to inform you the latest good news that we have lived in our village.
This semester has been a difficult one due to the epidemic caused by H1N1 influenza virus that spread in Mexico City and other Mexican states. Because of the rapid spread of the disease, classes were suspended for a period of approximately two months, it was also necessary to take certain preventive actions such as staying indoors, washing our hands constantly, and so on. Fortunately we did not detect any case of influenza in this program.
Our current population at the village is 55 children and youths. They are all studying and only 2 girls are working. There are also 3 youths in the youth facility and 5 youths in an independent living program with our advice and support.
It was held an event to commemorate the mournful anniversary of the founder Hermann Gmeiner, and to commemorate the founding anniversary of SOS Children's Village in Mexico City, in which we assisted to a very emotive mass and later the mothers shared a meal with their children.
The children and youths went back to school to finish their courses, their mothers organized an event to deliver recognitions to their children for completing successfully the academic term, they also prepared a delicious meal with the intention of propitiating a close relationship with their families and community.
It was signed an agreement with the government authorities in Mexico City to grant access to the youths to benefits such as training courses, job exchange lists, and recreational cultural and sportive activities. We also signed an agreement with local authorities for children to participate in a summer course, where they could attend to recreational cultural and sportive activities.
After many years of waiting, the reconstruction of the village has finally began!, The new houses will be delivered when they are ready and it is planned to happen in March next year. We are happy for this great news!, This will make us possible to receive more groups of siblings in situation of abandonment, for whom the village will be the best option to live in a healthy and family environment.We were very pleased to know that Tomás was finally accepted in the university to study Sociology.
On November 1 and 2, the families bought all the necessary things to perform a remembrance of deceased familiars, according to the Mexican tradition; they prepared altars with the departed’s favorite food and candies. December was very emotive since it was the last Christmas that was celebrated in the village that was the first to be established in the country, founded about 42 years ago. Next Christmas, on December 2010 we will celebrate at the new facility. The mothers are very pleased about their permanence during many years in the old village, and prayed in a mass for the people who made possible to carry out the reconstruction of the village.
We know that the world economic situation is very difficult and we value more than ever your gentle and kind support.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Lic. Carlos Modesto Toriz Jarquín
SOS Children’s Village México, Director