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Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Chennai, India

Child from SOS Chennai
Child from SOS Chennai

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

Dear Sponsors,

Warm greeting from children, mothers & co-workers of SOS Children’s Villages Chennai.

It is our great pleasure to thank you for your valuable and committed support for cause of children. The children are very happy.  With a feeling of deep joy and pride we take the opportunity to inform you about the recent developments about the village held during last 6 months.

SOS Chennai consists of 14 family homes, Youth Home, a SOS Primary School, a Medical Centre, Children’s Computer lab, Library and SOS Auditorium in the village.

Children from our village and children in the neighborhood areas are getting benefited by studying in the SOS Nursery & Primary School, situated in village campus, which is providing good and quality education to children under Montessori system. Presently it has strength of over 118 children.  Apart from taking medical care of children, mothers and co-workers, SOS Medical Centre extends services to rural public through regular Medical Camps in 5 villages and township, where medical facilities are scant.

Village Strength and Status

Presently we have 194 children. 148 children are residing in village in 14 family homes, while 46 youngsters are in youth home.  52 Children attend SOS Nursery & Primary School, 47 children are in different schools outside village. 37 children are attending Professional/vocational courses and 9 are pursuing university degree babies at home.  During the last 6 months 6 new children were brought home for the permanent care and shelter. We are providing special care and attention so that they can adjust easily in the Village environment.

This year children gave excellent performance in academics and the overall passing percentage was 98% out of which 60% children scored above 60% marks. Overall pass percentage in 10th is 88% and 12th board examination is 100%.  Two boys and two girls got married this year.  All these marriages were held in a very grand manner with the traditional rituals and rich food to the participants.

Pongal harvest festival and Tamil New Year was celebrated in our village in a grand manner where all Youth Home boys and some settled children participated. Summer camp was organized for our children during the month of May which contains many activities like swimming, clay modeling and painting, spoken English, classical music, konnakol (rhythmic recital of musical notes), story telling, dance movements, creative learning, cookery, science experiment, fun maths, theatre arts, corus, martial arts and others. All these activities were enjoyed lot by our children.

Youth Status

SOS Youth Home, Chennai has 46 young boys in role. Among these boys 18 boys are School going, 8 boys are in Degree/Diploma /Vocational courses in reputed colleges and in polytechnics and 11 boys are in Apprentice training in reputed industries. Nine boys among the forty boys settled with well paid job and they are under the Youth House Financial Support Scheme.

During the year 2009-10, three of our boys who have completed Diploma in Mechanical Engineering had joined Ultra Tech, Viseteon and Madras Engineering Co. In this year one of our boy completed Bachelor of Physiotherapy and under going Clinical Training in Madras Medical College. One of our boy has joined as an Associate of Software Development Support for the IT Major –Infosys.

Family Strengthening Programme

Family Strengthening Programme was started in October 2003 as ‘Strengthening of Motherhood’.  It aims to prevent abandonment of children by single women.  It also supports children from the deprived society in terms of their education, health, nutrition etc. to ensure all sided developments.  At present 301 children and 147 mothers are being supported under Family Strengthening Programme.  Various orientation, workshops and awareness programmes on social issues have been organized to enhance their capacity building and make them self sufficient.  Family Strengthening Programme also supports 22 poor and vulnerable students pursuing vocational/job oriented courses under scholarship support programme. Recently we have formed a new SHG (Self Help Group) and named as ‘Subiksham’.  9 of our Family Strengthening Programme caregivers are the member out of 15.  Comprehensive master health check up campaign is done for our Family Strengthening Programme children twice in a year.

With regards

S. Nambi Varatharajan

Village Director