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Child Sponsorship Report 2009, from Madreselvas, Chile

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A child sponsorship report from Madreselvas in Chile. Written in 2009.

Dear Sponsors:

It is the moment, once again, to let you know about different events occurred during the first semester of 2009 in the SOS Children’s Village Madreselvas, in Santiago.

Today, there are 100 children and youngsters in our village distributed in the 12 comfortable family houses. During these first months, six children have been admitted and two have returned to live with their biological families that have improved their situation.

We consider that part of our task is helping families in need to resolve their problems. In seven centres belonging to SOS Children’s Villages Chile, we work actively with children and their families, especially with their mothers who participate in diverse workshops and occupation trainings allowing them later to improve their economic situation. At the same time, it means also a direct benefit for children. One of these programmes is working next to our SOS village. In its SOS Nursery 244 children, aged from 1 until 5 years, stay during 8 hours daily, receiving the necessary meals and stimulation. We help their parents to get a financial support from government, and we also offer workshops where parents can learn how to manage difficulties in a constructive way. We do all this because our most important goal is the prevention of child abandonment.

During January and February, families enjoyed their summer vacations. Most families went for one or two weeks to the village’s summer house in Quintero where they could enjoy the sea and day trips to the near cities of Viña del Mar and Valparaiso. Other fun activities for children were different trips they made around Santiago, where they visited the Zoo, public swimming pools, cinema and parks.

Twenty four children had the opportunity to spend three days in a summer camp in “Cajón del Maipo”, a place located in the valley of the river Maipo in the mountains near Santiago. Here they developed outdoor recreational activities and above all, they could socialize with children from other parts.

All our children and youngsters began their classes in March in school of our commune. Two young ladies are studying at the university to be SOS Nursery teachers. One is in Santiago; the other one chose the second biggest city of Chile, Concepción, as her studies place.

This year we could not do remodelling of our family houses or purchase bigger appliances. But our mothers do their best to cheer up the environment of their houses with new plants and flowers.

Dear sponsors, we know that the financial crisis has reached the corners of the whole word and hope that it will be solved as soon as possible. We appreciate even more your generous and constant support, which makes possible that our children know this crisis only from the news and not on the raw.
Thank you, once again.

Cordially,

Gontrán Pelissier
Director
SOS Children’s Village Madreselvas