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Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Tlokweng, Botswana

A child from Tlokweng, Botswana
A child from Tlokweng, Botswana

A child sponsorship report from Tlokweng in Botswana. Written in 2010.

Please note: This report may have been written by someone whose first language is not English.  We have left it largely unedited, as this is how a sponsor would receive it.

Dear sponsor,

It’s around time of the year when we are sure that you were looking forward to receiving the news of your sponsored facility – SOS Children’s Village Tlokweng.

At the moment there are 226 children and youths in the 16 family houses and 3 youth houses of the Tlokweng SOS Children’s Village. This year from January we admitted 14 children, among them one large family of children. It is a huge extended family of 9 children relating to each other differently; brothers and sisters and cousins. Because of the harsh conditions that these children grew up in, it wasn’t easy for them to adapt to the new environment of SOS. Their reaction ranged from withdrawal, indifference to excitement! ‘We had never lived in a structured environment. Everybody did what they wanted and when they wanted it, and until I came to SOS, I thought it was a normal way of living’, said the eldest of the siblings. She said this with a beaming smile of hope.

Each child received a holistic assistance when they arrived in the village; they received individualized counselling, were placed in school in their respective classes, and the educator put together their development plan. Both the SOS mothers and the children in their SOS family houses made it possible for the siblings to adapt to the SOS routines. This story, together with many others, makes your contribution to SOS even more valuable.

One of the many success stories is the one of one of our youths who finished training and discharged from the SOS care this year. She graduated with degree in dentistry. She is now employed by one of the big government hospitals and stays in the staff houses. She is our pride as she is the second one to graduate with a degree programme following after another youth - the quantity surveyor, and they surely opened ways for others as this year joining them in the world of work will be a lawyer and a business administrator. When asked how she felt about her achievement the youth had this to say ‘SOS gave me a second chance in life, and I used it, and I am very thankful to all who took part in shaping my future’.

There are many such nice and encouraging stories as these, and all is made possible by the commitment of both the SOS workers and you our most valuable sponsors.

We thank you.

My best regards,

Agnes Malanda

Sponsorship Coordinator