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Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Medan, Indonesia

Children from SOS Children's Village Medan
Children from SOS Children's Village Medan

A child sponsorship report from Medan in Indonesia. Written in 2010.

Dear Sponsor,

Cheerful, happy and enthusiastic is the look on almost all faces of the children from the SOS Children's Village Medan. Even though there were a lot of changes that have happened around them, they always seem to see the world from the good perspective, which can be seen clearly from the happy laugh, chats and good relationship among children, educators and mothers.

Within three months period in the year 2010 there were some activities which were done by the big family of the SOS Village Medan. Right now SOS Village Medan accommodates 109 children from different age levels. The age difference among children is not an obstacle for children to relate closely with each other. All children consider the other children their own brothers and sisters without thinking from which family houses they come from.

After classes, the children will take a rest for a while and do their homework or just read books or play. Some children like to go to the office first, to read newspapers to get update information, especially on sports. At 3.30 p.m. the activities are started, each child will be busy with their choice, like carpentry, sewing, writing, music, dancing, English lessons, wall magazine and sports. In the evening, after having dinner, the teenagers will have additional lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. To increase spiritual growth of the children, every Wednesday evening the Catholics and Protestants attend a service together and the Moslems attend their own class named Yasin every Thursday evening. Once a month, i.e. on Saturday or Sunday, accompanied by some mothers and educators, the children will go swimming at a pool not too far from the SOS Village. The children are always excited approaching weekend.

Not only children who have routine activities, the SOS mothers, apart from busy taking care of the children and doing the household, they also have time for fun doing sports; jogging or badminton. On Saturdays they have sewing lessons. On 4 March the SOS Children’s Village Medan celebrated its 4th anniversary. On the same day some elementary school children from the SOS participated in a dance competition held at Taman Budaya, North Sumatera. Their keenness and hard work while practicing resulted in a wonderful victory. They won the first place! They were so proud when they received the Trophy on the stage in front of all the audiences.

All the hard works which are done earnestly won’t be in vain and that what makes all members of the SOS Village Medan big family always feel enthusiastic and encouraged. All the success which has been achieved by the SOS Village Medan involves the supports given to children from the fathers (educators), mothers and staffs who always motivate their children to do their best so that they may gain what is best. The most impressing thing we see everyday at the SOS Village Medan is the cheerful smiles on the faces of children, who used to react friendly to anybody whom they meet. Their good attitude to help, care and love each other and to develop the sense of belonging among themselves have created strong family bond among them.

All the members of the big Family of Medan as well as staff of the National Office send their best wishes to you…

Yours sincerely,

Gregor H. Nitihardjo

National Director