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Child Sponsorship Report 2009, from Mombasa, Kenya

Sponsored children from Mombasa
Sponsored children from Mombasa

A child sponsorship report from Mombasa in Kenya. Written in 2009.

Dear Sponsor,

It is said that “Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.” This certainly has been true for us who watch over many children as they grow.  They bring joy to our environment, teach us how to be true friends and to love one another despite the situation. We have also learnt that good life is not only guided by knowledge and inspired by accomplishments made but also by the everyday challenges we succeed to overcome. Another year is coming to an end. It has been filled with joys, successes and challenges but that did not deter us from achieving our objectives for the year. SOS Children’s Village Mombasa is proud to have 124 children and 77 youth under its care.

Academic performance
The primary school children performed quite well with all the houses scoring above the average mark of 60%. The best houses were no.8 with an average mark of 81% followed by no. 7 with 79% then finally no. 6 with 78%. Notable was the good performance for pupils in class 1, 2 and 3 and for this reason were taken for a trip to the Marine Park in Malindi where they saw different types of birds, snakes and tortoise.8 youth have joined different colleges to pursue diploma courses. 2 have joined university while 4 are waiting to join university in South Africa and USA.  6 were able to carry out a three to six months internship before resuming college.  7 youth have completed their diploma and are seeking employment while another 7 youth have successfully been integrated into the community marking the beginning of independence. However, and most importantly so, they have their SOS mothers for advice whenever they are in need.

Family Strengthening Programme
We opened the family strengthening programme that is working within the community. It will address the situation of those children who are at risk of losing the care of their biological families. In this way, we will work towards our vision of a world where “every child belongs to a family, and grows with love, respect and security”. We shall empower families, so as to strengthen their capacity to protect and care for their children and vulnerable children in the community.

No man is an island
These are the words of John Donne that inspired the independent youth to reunite despite being separated by work, miles and other issues of life. There purpose reunion was to instil a sense of belonging and concern, transmitting a sense of identity and direction, and strengthening values. The youth would like to increase family interaction and unity, create family memories, make family connection as well as strengthen family ties. They would also like to improve their lifestyles by contributing money and starting income generating activities. They also elected house representatives who will help coordinate the other family members apart from being mentors for their younger brothers and sisters.

Youth team building
The youth went for camping in Lukenya campsite where they had a mixture of fun, sports, bird watching, devotional times, rock and hill climbing.  They also participated in challenging yet exciting outdoor team building activities.  The exercises helped to recognize individual efforts and team accomplishments; leveraging diversity and individual difference to meet team goals as well as keep competition healthy and productive. They interacted with other Youth from various parts of the world and made new friends. This will be a memory for the youth.      
Primary School and Nursery
The school has a population of 451 pupils and 63 are from the village. The students have had a wonderful year both in their academic and extra curricular activities. The most interesting event was the sports day which was very successful with a good number of parents participating in the activities of the day.  The children could not hide their excitement as their parents participated in the different events.
On behalf of the Children, SOS Mothers, and co-workers, We are wishing you a Merry Christmas, a prosperous and happy new year. 
Yours sincerely,

Gladys Mumbi