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Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Raipur, India

Children from SOS Raipur
Children from SOS Raipur

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

Dear Sponsor,

On behalf of SOS family Raipur, we extend our heart felt thanks to you for your continuous support and commitment. We really feel very happy to be in contact with you to share the recent developments of SOS Children’s Village Raipur for the last six moths.

We have 143 Children consist of 73 boys and 70 girls in 14 family houses under the care and affection of 14 experienced mothers and five aunts. All the children are attending regular schools in eminent educational institutions.

‘Have good academic performance; get suitable career and a better future’, hence more emphasis is given in providing value based education. In the Annual Examination results were declared in the month of April-May, our children performed remarkably well. 14 children including 8 boys and 6 girls go to SOS Nursery in the village. For better education prospects 9 boys are admitted to residential school and their academic performance as well as all round development is praise worthy. This year again we are planning to send some more boys to residential school.

Activities & Achievements

Annual Sports Day was organized for all children at village, where most of all children have participated with great enthusiasm which was supported by our children’s club “Helmut Kutin Club”. 11 of our youngsters joined a marathon race organized by Netaji Sports Club Mana on 23rd January 2010 and 3 of our youngster got first, second and third prizes respectively.

With the aim of providing a better quality of care and attention to our children and young people, this year again we continued in maintaining to organize camps and workshops. On 12th May there was a workshop on ‘Adolescent Education’ organized especially for adolescent for enrichment of knowledge & development of children. Then on 11th June we had a ‘Career Workshop’ for all children above 8th Standard regarding career option after High School. During the summer vacation we have organized summer classes for children where they learned extra-curricular activities like Clay Modeling, Classical dance, Mehandi designs, Stitching and sports activities under the guidance of special coach appointed for the purpose. Two of our youngsters were selected to participate in National Learning and Live Together Campaign organized by National Council of Child Welfare, New Delhi at Hyderabad. In a competition organized by the State council of Child Welfare, C.G, these two youngsters were selected and attended 6 days camp.

Festivals & Functions

As a mark of traditional festivity children and mothers organized Holika Dahan at Village. Children and Mothers had prepared a Holika on the auspicious day of Holi on 28th February and it was ignited in the evening with great joy and celebration. On 01.03.2010 the whole Village community celebrated Holi, the festival of colors.

Mother’s Day was celebrated on 10th of May in the Village, all Mothers and Aunts had gone for outing to Ratanpur near Bilaspur District where they had visited various religious places. They came back to the village in the evening and shared their experiences with their children. There was a small function in the evening were all SOS mothers were gifted a saree by the invited guest.

On 23rd June SOS DAY was celebrated with great enthusiasm with colorful cultural programme presented by our children. The whole SOS Children’s Village and its associated communities Family Strengthening Programme and Vocational Training Providers celebrated together this most cherished event of the year.

Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change our life forever-
Here we would like to share our feeling towards a boy who was brought to SOS Care in our village when he was around 8 years old; Ganesh, who lost both of his parents to violence. He was brought to SOS Children’s Village Raipur for permanent care and ultimate rehabilitation. On the first day when he was brought home that time he was very nervous, and afraid. But after coming under the care of his mother in village he has grown fruitfully with wonderful colors. From the childhood he was very much interested in volleyball game. Although Ganesh is brilliant in volleyball but he is also equally excellent in his studies too. This only can be possible by his SOS mother who sacrificed and dedicated a lot of time to bring improvement in him. Now, he plays for the State Junior Volleyball Team.

Family Strengthening Programme

The growth of Family Strengthening Programme in Raipur is remarkably in context of its services rendered to the development of community. In the month of March our Family Strengthening Programme started Income Generating Activity (IGA) by encouraging their beneficiaries in making spices and selling in the market. A workshop on “Girl Child Education Focusing Higher Education to Adolescents” was conducted were all the beneficiaries actively participated.  On 22nd March 2010, ‘World Water Day’ was celebrated and on that occasion there was an awareness rally programme organized in villages and the theme of the rally was “Clean Water for a Healthy World”.

Vocational Training Centre, Raipur

The Vocational Training Provider (VTP), Raipur is registered at Regional Directorate of Apprenticeship Training, to run six vocational courses of modular employability scheme under Skill Development Initiative initiated by Directorate General Of Employment & Training, New Delhi. The VTP has started functioning with the first batch of students who belong to the families coming under the Below Poverty Line (BPL). The VTP aims not only at the training but also at the successful placement of students at well paid jobs.

We once again extend our  thanks for your support and guidance during the past months which have highly motivated and guided us to perform even better in delivering our best to the all round development of children under our care.

Yours Sincerely,

Hemanta Das
Village Director