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Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Varanasi, India

Child from Varanasi, India
Child from Varanasi, India

A child sponsorship report from Varanasi in India. Written in 2010.

Dear sponsor

We feel privileged to have you as a friend of our SOS family. We admire your precious support that strengthens our work towards the proper upbringing of our children. Your consistent contribution will shape the bright future of children.

Our Village: 

SOS Children’s Village Varanasi was established in the year 1984 for the needy children. It boasts of its eco-friendly and beautiful environment, covering an area of 33 acres of land located at 16 Kilometers from the Railway Station on the National Highway towards Ghazipur. It has successfully completed 25 years of services for the needy children in Varanasi.

The environment of SOS Children’s Village Varanasi is good, vast and away from all the stress. It comprises of 18 family homes, a multi-purpose hall, Village Nursery, Computer Lab, Music Room, Library, a lush green Play ground, Village Store and a Dispensary for children. The Village is a home for 186 children (including 2 newly intake children) and 650 children are under our indirect care. They are growing well under the loving care of SOS mothers and are supported by Educational Co-workers. Our children come out to be successful contributing members of our Nation, 117 children are settled through marriages and jobs.

Activities:

Mother’s Day was celebrated with great fervor in our Village. On the day, children wished their mothers and aunts. The charge of kitchen had been taken by the children and delicious food items were prepared for Mothers. At evening, a colorful programme was organized by the children. On the stage, mothers were honored by presenting flower by children and gift (Saree) by Village Director. Some prominent people from community and Govt. Officials were invited on the eve. The day was full of joy and enthusiasm.

SOS Youth Home: 

Youth develop realistic perspectives to shape their future, learn to shoulder responsibility, make their own decisions and are encouraged to develop team spirit. Boys after 14 years move from the SOS Children's Village to SOS Youth Home where they go for schooling, vocational training courses and higher education. Youths are categorized into two sections, firstly, school going Youths and secondly, Youths at Vocational and Higher Education with strength of 26 and 34 respectively.

SOS School:

- Most of our children attend SOS School adjacent to our Village where they learn to become a decent human being and to integrate in the mainstream of our society. Our children came out with flying colours; they performed well in their academics and proved their mettle.

Family Strengthening Programme:

Family Strengthening Programme Varanasi caters to the need of 600 children of Daniyalpur, Dubkiyan, Narpatpur, Kodopur, Panihari and Sandaha Villages belonging to 204 families. Under this programme, we have covered migrated families, low income families, families with poor hygienic conditions and families where gender discrimination rates are high. It provides nutritional, educational, medical support, vocational training, career counselling sessions and job placement support for the weaker sections of our society. We provided Rickshaw to one of the family and commenced business to our 3 beneficiaries. The programme also aims at raising awareness of hygiene, child rights and improving people's parenting skills.

Awareness programmes/rallies on different issues e.g. RTI, HIV/ AIDS, NREGA, Gender sensitization, Child Rights etc. are organized for the beneficiaries. It strengthens families financially and helps them for self reliance. 11 active women Self-Help Groups are formed, to help themselves and to avail various helps from the Government agencies and even Bank linkages for the Self Help Groups have been made. 50 meritorious poor students are awarded scholarships for education and vocational courses.

You will be intimated about Village progress regularly. Accept our heartily gratitude for your deep affection and continuous invaluable support. We are proud to have a nice friend like you who stands along with us for our cause for the needy children.

With all good wishes to you and your family members,       
Yours Sincerely,

(Manoj Mishra)
Village Director