Once again it is time to share developments and events of 2009 and wish you a Very Happy & Prosperous New Year 2010. We are thankful to you and express our gratitude for your continued support for our children.
This year 16 children were brought home. They have adjusted well in the new environment and are happy in their new families. Presently the total number of children in the village is 133 (49 boys and 84 girls) living under the loving care of twelve dedicated mothers. Out of which 11 are in hostels. The SOS Jammu consists of 12 family homes, Youth House, Higher Secondary School, Dispensary, Library and a Music Lab.
The Library is well equipped up to the class X. All the children from the village and the children from the FSP Beneficiaries are taking benefit from this Library. The Library is maintained by the Library Committee of children. Village Dispensary is well equipped with the First Aid. Every alternate day Pediatrician visits in the dispensary. Children, mothers and co-workers from the village and the people from the near by community gets benefit from the village dispensary.
SOS School is one of the best educational institutions around. The school is well equipped with all the facilities such as computer lab, science lab and sports ground. This year the strength of the school has been increased from 798 to 850. The pass percentage of class X was 100% and class XII was 92%. During the year students participated in a number of co-curricular activities in and out side of the school and brought laurels to the school. Three students received awards in a national level essay writing competition from the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas govt. of India. School hockey team won the state Level Jawahar lal Nehru Cup. Forty students participated in parasailing camp organized by NAF.
All the way with your encouragement and enthusiastic support, we have continued working hard in nurturing our children with quality education. Children have performed well in their academics. In class XII exams 12 children appeared out of which 10 passed the exam. One of them scored above 70%. Six children appeared in class X exams. Out of which 05 were declared successful and 03 have secured above 60% marks. Nine children are doing professional/vocational courses and 02 are attending university. Two girls have got admission in Fashion Design, one in B. P Ed, one in sanitary inspector course and two has got admission in E-Commerce. Twenty bright children of class 6th to 8th are getting coaching for the Basic Foundation course for IAS Examination from AWAKENING organization
A lot of emphases were given on the Health. Many programs related to health care were organized for children, mothers & co-workers. A free health camp was organized with the association of Madr – E – Meharban Institute of Medical sciences in which free medicines were given to the patients. Thirty one new admitted children were vaccinated with the three doses of Hepatitis B. Immunization programme for small children is an on going process. After every six months Hematology check ups were conducted for all children and mothers. The lung functioning test has been conducted in the village to know any abnormality in the lungs of the child. The overall health condition of the children is satisfactory.
Various activities were organized for the overall development of children. A program on CHILD RIGHTS was organized in the village for awareness of children, mothers and co-workers. The children and parents from Family strengthening Program also participated in the program.
Children were given emphasis on awareness on Global Warming. Environment Day was celebrated with painting competitions and tree plantation. The five hundred saplings were arranged by the Jammu University officers association and were planted in the village campus.
During summer vacations children had a good time. The various activities on Dance, vocal Music, art and craft were organized in the village. The part time teacher of Music, dance and art were arranged to put more knowledge of different fields to our children. The village picnic was organized to a hill station Patnitop. All the children, mothers and co-workers enjoyed in the picnic. Two weeks workshop on communication Skills and personality development was organized by Nixon institute of Languages in the village. Three girls attended advanced NCC camp held at Bhubaneswar (Orissa). Part time sports teacher was arranged for coaching the children.
This year the mothers were enriched with various orientation programmes on adolescence problem, early childhood care and Common sense parenting. Three mothers attended refresher courses at Mothers training school Faridabad. Four mothers were honored with SOS Ring by Mr. Helmut Kutin, President SOS Kinderdorf International on October 25, 2009 for their dedication and selfless service in grooming so many children.
All the festivals like Holi, Republic Day, SOS Day, Raksha Bhandan, Independence Day, Eid-UL- Fitre, Deepawali were celebrated with great joy. This year on Raksha Bhanadan children called His Excellency the Governor of J & K state Sh. N N Vohra and Hon’ble Dy. Chief Minister J & K state Mr. Tara Chand and tied Rakhis. It is the festival to symbolize the unity and brotherhood.
Youth house takes care of 40 youths. The academic performance of youth was satisfactory. 10 boys are in vocational /professional courses at different institutes. This year one youth completed three years Diploma in Mechanical engineering and has secured fourth position in the Technical Board. One boy selected in Three Year Diploma in Computer Engineering, one selected in paramedical course, Two selected in one year diploma in plumbing and welding in ITI and one in hard ware computer and net working. Two boys have been settled this year after completing their professional courses.
During summer vacations youth have a good relaxed time so various activities have been organized for their development. Two days career orientation workshop, awareness program on child rights and global warming was organized for the youths. Ramraj participated in the National Sub junior Judo Championship held at Patiala, Punjab. On his best performance the J & K Sports Youth services selected him for the scholarship.
Besides the children of SOS Village, we extended our support in the community also by the Family Strengthening Program (FSP). Through this program we reach out to 125 beneficiary families and provided help to 296 most vulnerable children. Through this program we are providing education to their children and package of services as per the need of the family to improve their living condition. Under FSP we also identify and support students with exceptional talents from vulnerable families. We are supporting 85 students through the scholarship 51 are doing short term courses in ITI and Govt. Polytechnics and 29 are studying different classes in Hermann Gmeiner school. We have started the vocational training centre in the community for those grown up girls who were dropouts and ladies so that they become self independent. During the year awareness programs on Self Help Group formation, Child Rights, Career orientation, Common Sense Parenting and living hygienic conditions were organized. The regular health checks up to these families were conducted. The immunization cards were made to all below five year children and Hepatitis B of three doses of 100 children were completed.
All these achievements have been possible because of the generous support and encouragement from friends like you. Once again, we wish you A Very Happy Christmas & Joyful, Prosperous New Year 2010.
With best wishes & regards,
Assistant Village Director