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On behalf of the children, youths and staff of SOS Children’s Village Isolo we sincerely appreciate your continuous support; through your gifts, letters and financial contribution which has made it possible for us to care and protect our children. We are indeed grateful for your kindness and commitment to our work.
Presently we have 100 children actively living in the village and are cared for by 10 professional SOS mothers. Of this number 54 are boys and 46 girls. Besides we have 82 youths made up of 43 males and 39 females who reside in three youth homes and semi-independent homes under the supervision/care of Youth Counsellors.
Our village has been full of activities since our last report to you. In November 2009 we celebrated the Global Peace Games. Three primary schools from the community and a local Non Governmental Organization (Ajoke Ayisat Afolabi Foundation) were invited to participate in the games. At the end of the games SOS Children’s Village Isolo won the gold medal in the football tournament/competition.
Also in November we hosted SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria as they joined in the global celebration of the 60th anniversary of the organization. In attendance were friends, donors and the media. Also present was Michael Carttis-from UK who has been a long time friend of SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria.
Our village in conjunction with the Family Strengthening Programme unit of the organization observed the World AIDS Day in December 2009. A public enlightenment talk on causes and prevention of AIDS was delivered to participants. Those who benefited from this talk include; market women, artisans and other people drawn from Isolo community and its environment.
It was a joyful Christmas celebration for our children as they were taken to interesting places for fun and sight seeing. They were also hosted to a party in the village by a non governmental organization Merry Heart Foundation. The foundation is made up of some Nigerians resident in the USA.
From our Social Centre, the Annual Baby Show was held in December 2009. The objective of the show is to encourage a healthy competition among community women in taking good care and protection of their children.
The SOS Vocational Training Centre (VCT) has continued to make giant strides as it recently recorded 100% pass rate in the Trade Test Examination (Stages 2 & 3) conducted by Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity.
Besides, the Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) which was put in place to allow the trainees of the centre to gain on the job training received the blessing of some organizations from different sectors of the economy. About ten organizations gave opportunities to more than fifty trainees of the Centre to carry out their industrial training. Most of them rated the trainees very high on a set of work related competences.
We hosted children of Ephraim International School Ejigbo-Lagos. They were on educational trip to the SOS Vocational Training Centre to learn more about our vocational and skill development activities.
In March 2010 the village hosted our children and Lekki British International School Lagos to a joint Candlelight of Songs for Haiti and Chilean children who injured or lost their lives in the earthquakes that devastated both countries. At the event tears flowed freely as children raised their voices to commiserate with their counterparts in both countries. The occasion was rounded off with prayers from the children that such calamity would not occur anywhere in the world again.
Once more we say thanks a lot for your assistance and best wishes in your future endeavors.
Andrew Unodinma Mordi
National Sponsorship Coordinator