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Child Sponsorship Report 2009, from Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Sponsored children from Santa Cruz
Sponsored children from Santa Cruz

A child sponsorship report from Santa Cruz in Bolivia. Written in 2009.

Dear sponsors,

Once again, we thank you for your support, especially in this situation of crisis and changes the world has been going through. The principal objective of this information is to keep you informed of what happened in the Village during this first semester. Thanks to you and your continuous support, we are able to help more than 14,000 beneficiaries, from whom, almost 1,500 live in a SOS Children’s Village.

Through this report, I feel very happy to be in touch with you and tell you about the results achieved during this first semester as well as the activities, experiences and situation in the SOS Children’s Village in Santa Cruz de la Sierra City.

As you already know, our Organization has three programs in Santa Cruz: the Long-term childcare in permanent substitute families Program) the SOS Children’s Village), the Family Strengthening Program (Social Centre and Community Homes and Centers) and the SOS School, where we offer services to 2742 children and adolescents and their families.

In the village, 151 children and adolescents are part of the families. From them, 113 are in school, 7 don’t attend school yet because or their short age, 12 are in the professionalization stage and 19 are giving the first steps toward an independent life. These last youths have support through concrete actions and resources.

During this semester, two girls were welcomed, who didn’t have their mother. They are now part of the Mother Dina’s family and their adaptation process has been successful since they integrated to their SOS family and the others in a short time. We also continue looking for information of many children’s families, whose whereabouts were unknown. All the effort we do give us the opportunity to find integration spaces for the children, their biological families and, through them, to their reference social environment.  It’s beautiful when it has positive results, but it’s not always like that, therefore, we are working on the strengthening of these families so they can be an important reference for the children.

In the village, the children and adolescents have a balanced diet and two Healthy Child checkups a year; they play sports and continue with their cultural activities in the community of the village and the surrounding community.

Regarding the education of these children and youths, we have excellent results as many of them got distinctions and recognitions. Some of them, although the problems they had, could overcome them and succeeded in their studies. However, seven children failed their grades because of performance problems. Now, they are working along with their families to improve their school performance.

We had to fire a mother because her work wasn’t what we expected for her children to succeed. The children and adolescents of that house are in good conditions thanks to the current community and family environment.