We the children, youths and staff of SOS Children’s Village Owu-Ijebu sincerely appreciate the support we have continued to receive from you. By your commitment to our village you are helping us to put smile on the faces of our children via; your gifts, letters and financial support. It is our pleasure to tell you that our village has been full of life and activities in the last six months.
During the period under review we had 14 new admissions into the village; their ages range from 6 months to 4 years old. In January, 11 children migrated from the village to the SOS Youth Homes where they would join their brothers and sisters under the care of a Youth Counselor. In all, we presently have 110 children and 58 youths.
In the educational sphere, four of our youths who have completed their Senior Secondary School Education in July 2009 secured admission into different universities in the country. Besides, another youth Temitope (female) gained admission to Simon Fraser University Canada. She is now in Canada studying for a Bachelors degree in Arts. Her admission offer includes an International Summit Scholarship. Altogether we have 27 youths in Secondary Schools, 23 in Tertiary Institutions and 8 in Vocational Training.
Last Christmas the village organized a Carol at the SOS Children’s Village Owu-Ijebu Community Hall. Friends and community members were in attendance to share in the joy of Christmas with our children. There was also visitation to interesting and fun places organized by the village administration for the children. At different places visited they interacted with other children in the community and made new friends for themselves.
As part of our reintegration work we visited the natural families of two of our children in Asaba-Delta State and Ekpoma-Edo State. Presently, legal process has begun for full reintegration of two of our children (Elizabeth and Similoluwa) into their natural families.
It is our pleasure to let you know that the raining season is here with us. This would continue till end of October although with a break in August. During this season the environment is usually wet and cold thus reducing outdoor children’s activities to the barest minimum.
It is interesting to inform you that some of the SOS mothers have qualified for the Presidential Gold Ring Award having served the organization meritoriously for more than ten years. We hope they would be presented with the award during the inauguration of the 4th village in Nigeria, SOS Children’s Village Jos which has been scheduled to take place before end of 2010.
We have continued to strengthen the capacity of co-workers to deliver on their jobs through workshops and interactive sessions. A workshop was organized recently for our mothers and aunties on ways to improve their performance in child care. Besides, The National Sponsorship Coordinator also facilitated another workshop in April 2010 for all co-workers in the village.
The village is still grappling with the challenges of unstable electricity. This has made us resort to constant use of generator for our electricity needs. Besides, we are yet to find solution to our water supply needs. Notwithstanding these challenges, we have continued to keep the village clean, neat and beautiful in the best interest of our dear children.
We remain appreciative of your support which has made it possible for our children to have conducive, friendly and love-filled homes to call their own.
Many thanks for your kind assistance and best wishes in your future endeavors.
Andrew Unodinma Mordi
National Sponsorship Coordinator