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Child Sponsorship Report 2009, from Tijuana, Mexico

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

Dear Godfathers, friends and benefactors:

With the regular pleasure, we get in touch with you to communicate about the highlights of our village and, specially stress our deepest gratefulness for your valuable and unselfish support to the children that integrate the families of this community.

We are about concluding a year that has presents big challenges due to the difficulties that an economic global crisis entails, besides the negative impact in the tourist activity of our city, result of the insecurity and the AH1N1 influenza outbreak.

In the village's administration, we've had to adjust the budget so we restricted growth and continued with the 10 families; moms have faced the necessity to “stretch” family budget; however, we try to properly manage this efforts in front of the children by stressing the importance of saving and take care of resources, without affecting their healthy development.

After a very hot summer, school vacations and return to classes we must prepare for the winter season, for such, teaming with all moms, we have designed a plan of action to anticipate and confront respiratory diseases, including a protocol of action in case of a human influenza outbreak; luckily, till now, only cases of flu and common cold have been registered.

Some months ago we had a very emotional take in: Liliana, the older sister of a family (of which she has blood link with 4  children), commented to her village's mom she had found out about a baby brother, who was born while the rest were growing at the village, he had lost his mom's protection and was now with his grandmother. Liliana was worried and asked her SOS mom to join her to meet her younger brother; as conditions were not favorable for the development of the baby, the grandmother was made aware of the advantages for child, growing and developing in the village, finally she took the decision to help him move to the village, where he grows now next to two sisters and three biological brothers, as well as other four house sisters. To Martha, the SOS mom, the number of children increased to ten members, nevertheless, she does not seem to be very worried, although little Alan turned out to be friskier than his older brothers.

Though, in the last months we have not had a significant numerical growth, the families' composition has modified, as practically half of them are teenagers and younths, consequently increasing the sleeplessnesses and arguments of our staff's team of mothers, whom have kept a great stability for many years.

Every boy, girl and young one who grows within the bosom of a family, with its achievements and difficulties, represents, for the village's mothers and the staff that supports them, a permanent challenge and a motivation, as well as many satisfaction moments and hopes of a better future. All this is possible thanks to your generous donations.

Now that our families are preparing for Christmas and the boys and girls crave for their school vacations and, specially, of Santa Claus we take the opportunity to thank you for your priceless support and wish you a Merry Christmas, begging our Creator that next year, you and your beloved ones be lavished on blessings and fortune.

Yours Truly

Luis Manuel Reza Maqueo

Director of the Tijuana SOS Children's Village.