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Child Sponsorship Report 2009, from Tehuacan, Mexico

Sponsored children from Tehuacan
Sponsored children from Tehuacan

A child sponsorship report from Tehuacan in Mexico. Written in 2009.

Dear sponsors,

In name of all of us who make up the families of the Children's Village Tehuacan, boys, girls, youths, moms and collaborators; we want to make patent our gratefulness for your great support to continue with this  labor in favor of the Mexican childhood. Likewise, through this letter we want to inform you about the events happening within this community.

One of the families had the happiness of housing 3 little brothers, to whom, one week before their arrival to the village, a mass of gratitude was offered as an act of faith for the beginning of a new stage of their life, and to share the best hopes to their new family, also this event reasserted the confidence that SOS Children's Villages is the best option to offer care and upbringing to boys and girls in abandonment or orphanhood. As well as there was  the happiness of the arrival,  there was also  the sadness of departure, a boy who was reinstated into his  biological family at call of the authorities of Attention to the Children and the Family in Mexico (DIF).

In a different stream of ideas, we are glad to inform you that the community is constituted by twelve families with 57 girls, 47 boys and eleven youths  that constitute the youth facilities, which still are supported and oriented by the youth advisor.

For the Mother's Day celebration on May 10th here in Mexico, children and youths, on own initiative, organized several activities to celebrate their SOS moms. They wrote poems and very moving thoughts, which spoke out publicly; they also organized contests in which the families took part enthusiastically. They gave beautiful bouquets to every mom, and cooked modest dishes and flavored water to enjoy in community.

Five children participated in the national tournament of tae kwon do, which took place in Tehuacan city, for them  was a very important event as it was their first competition; two of them got the 1st place, one the second place, and other two the third place; they were always eagerly supported by their families and cousins. All of them are preparing and training hardly for next year's tournament.

Right in summer vacations, one of the families celebrated the '15 years' of one of the young girls, in a party where the SOS mom's family attended and many guests more, typical Mexican food was served and great music that pulled the whole community out their chairs and straight to the dance floor. The teenager thanked her mom for the beautiful party of her birthday.

We want to say goodbye not without thanking you again for all the support we've received from you.

Yours Truly,

Lic. José Mora Luna

Director Aldea Infantil SOSA  Tehuacán