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Child Sponsorship Report 2009, from Comitan, Mexico

Sponsored children from Comitan
Sponsored children from Comitan

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

Dear sponsors:

From the Mexican southeast we extend an affectionate greeting, as well as an enormous gratefulness for your support, it makes us possible to continue all our activities with children and youths  in the village. What follows is a brief summary of the most outstanding activities in this program.

We have reinforced several activities related to the improvement of verification in expenses in the 16 homes that shelter 120 children and youths, of whom 53 are men and 67 women, distributed in the following age groups: 70 of 0 to12, 30 of 13 to 15, 13 of 16 to 18 and 7 of 19 to 22. 38 of them study the secondary school, 11 of them study the preparatory and two of them study mechatronics and architecture, respectively, at the university.

Another important job for the families of the village has been the strengthening of community identity in order to achieve cohabitation full of respect and solidarity. To achieve it, we have done several workshops in ecology, environment, youth sexuality, a painting workshop for children under 10 years, and training courses for families in productive activities such as baking, mushroom growing, raising chickens and rabbits, we take advantage of the summer days to encourage family involvement.

Joselyn has continued progressing in her rehabilitation therapy, she has begun to crawl, and she now stands on her legs, she is also more sociable, and she is always very smiling, she has also begun to speak, and she points all the things that her eyes can catch. Domingo is a young man who we are working with in occupational therapy and strengthening his self-esteem with the aid of all the members of her home and his neighbors. Kevin, Paco and Araceli, are progressing in their problems of malnutrition, and they feel more protected thanks to the daily coexistence with villagers like Kevin who despite his hearing disability, identifies a large number of people at the village, he expresses happiness with smiles and he has reduced his eating anxiety and he is now more tolerant to the indications.

To celebrate 60 years of work of SOS Children’s Villages in the world, we launched a campaign for “Proper Treatment”, and we linked it to another campaign called "Listen to Me, my voice has a heart and rights”.; both, with the aim to achieve a greater diffusion of children’s rights in Comitán and a correct understanding of them.

In May, a 20 minutes hailstorm caused damages in 10 of the 16 houses. Thanks to the opportune intervention of the maintenance area and to the communication between families we could rely internally, overcoming the contingency in an effective and efficient way.

Some aunts have concluded the third training level; another aunt will finish in October, and two more will advance to the second level in November. As a result of the self-motivation process of the training program, three aunts will finish the primary, and seven have the intention of concluding the secondary school.