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Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Kolkata, India

Dear friend,

Dated 24th June 2010

Greeting from SOS Children’s Village Kolkata!

Once again we have reached the time to share with you a little about in the SOS Children's Village Kolkata. We hope you enjoy knowing about the development of SOS Children’s Village Kolkata.

It is our continuous endeavor here to create an atmosphere very near to a normal family for the children of SOS. Presently we have 151 children comprising of 59 boys and 92 girls who are growing up under the care of 15 devoted SOS mother in a child friendly atmosphere in the village.  

Activities  

Besides study, children are attending classes for dance, vocal music, drawing, yoga and computer etc. Special tutors have been engaged to teach them according to their interest.   Children participate in different programmes and competition inside and outside the village. An Art fair was organized by Apeejay Anand Children’s Library. The theme was “Dreams Unlimited”. They painted on t-shirts and caps. Out of five hundred children from different schools of Kolkata six painting of our boys were selected and one boy awarded third prize. In summer vacation children organized different sports and enjoyed the traditional games. The winners were rewarded on the occasion of SOS Day on 23rd June 2010. Our children enjoyed four days rock climbing tour programme to Susunia Hills in the month of April. They were accompanied by four expertise rock climbers and six coworkers. The children gained knowledge on rock climbing and were thrilled while climbing those towering hills.

Special Events

This year is full of celebrations and many other activities in the village. Marwari Samaj organized a cultural programme at our village on the eve of Navratri. World Water Day was celebrated at our village. The children took part in one act play and painting competition presenting the significance of water in our lives. Mother’s Day and SOS Day were celebrated. In SOS Day Mrs. Malini Bhattarcherjee, Chairperson, State women’s Commission was the chief guest of the programme. She appreciated a lot about the work and system of the organization. She interacted with the children and mothers of the village. Standard Chartered Bank celebrated World Environment Day at our village by planting 100 saplings and providing us gardening equipments.

Marriage:

During the year one girl got married on 21st June 2010. The Village Director took part to arrange the marriage ceremony. Presently the girl is leading happy conjugal life. The marriage negotiation of one girl is on process.

Youth Home:

In the Youth Home, there are 27 young-adults in role. Young-adults are living under the care of Senior Educational Co-workers.  Among them, 2 boys are doing university courses and 23 boys are attending schools, one boy is doing vocational course and one boy is on job training. Boys visited famous temples for recreation in winter holiday. Boys celebrated all the ceremony at Youth Home. All the boys are enjoying sound health. They are regular in their working place. The young adult girls are attending their working place in regular basis and all the girls maintained good health. The coworker visited married girls’ house and found them happy in conjugal life.

From the life of obscure to normal

Khokon Haldar a boy of SOS Children’s Village, Kolkata. He is eight years old. In his small life he had gone through a catastrophic experience. He came to village in last year with the traumatic impression of losing his mother by an unnatural death beyond his imagination. When he came to village he was not like the other normal boys. He was shaky, unwilling to speak and lost his faith on others. He was not interactive to other children and stood alone being indifferent in a side of playground. His eyes were embarking in a deep agony. In the SOS family he started enjoying safety, security and love and affection from his mother and other brothers and sisters. The first person to whom he was attached in village his mother. The relation created between his mother and him is not only affection but also make a bond of trust, which helped him to gulf a bridge between his brothers and sisters. Khokon begin to believe that he is a part of his SOS family. He gets back his trust and confidence, feels that he is within the family of love and care, safety and security. Now he is a student of class II. He feels free to play with children and loves painting.

Family Strengthening programme

With the aim of providing a better quality of care and attention to children, SOS Children’s Village Kolkata is enduring Family Strengthening Programme. Under Family Strengthening Programme 203 families and 300 children are supported from different seven villages of District North 24 parganas by providing education, vocational skill, medical and nutritional assistance through the package of services. The beneficiaries supported with the financial help to continue education of their children and make income generating self help group. Awareness programme on income generating activities for self help group are being organized, in regular interval.  An adult literacy programme is undergoing in the community. Out of the caregivers, 24 women are literate through this programme. One girl qualified high school board examination with first division. All the support is being proving for her higher education.

This is what we can tell you at this time about the children of the SOS Children's Village Kolkata. We are very grateful to you for all the support received from you since long. Thanks to you for your helping hand to provide a loving home for every child. We thank you very much. 

With best wishes and regards.

Yours sincerely,

Dipak Prakash Sahu

Village Director