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Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Santiago de Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic.

Children playing in SOS Santiago de Los Caballeros
Children playing in SOS Santiago de Los Caballeros

A child sponsorship report from Santiago de Los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic. Written in 2010.

Dear Sponsor,

In our SOS Children's Village Santiago De Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, we would like to make a brief statement of the overall development of children and young people.  It is an immense pleasure to tell you how your contributions have a great impact for the achievement of these purposes and that is why we dedicate our achievements and continued progress.

It is an eloquent and appropriate occasion to review our province of Santiago as the most fertile area of the Dominican Republic, where a majority of fruits are consumed in the nation. Not unrelated to this reality here some of our boys and girls are working the land to harvest vegetables and fruits which are then consumed by them. Similarly were prepared with waste composting generated by households for the preparation of organic fertilizers where children and mothers learn to recycle and sort the rubbish from their homes, breed care of the environment and also reduce use of chemicals in the harvest.

In our gardens are harvested some items that complement a balanced nutrition, among them are: eggplant, okra, tomatoes, green oregano, radishes, lettuce, beets, bananas, cassava, maize, cabbage and more.

Our Village began in 2004 with a capacity in homes for a total of 150 children. We currently have 147 families in our homes children coded as follows: 83 boys and 64 girls with 144 receiving continuing education.

So far this year, our children have developed various activities in addition to those described at the beginning, among them we quote: 12 girls ranging in ages from eight years to fifteen years training in craft workshops for the manufacture of ornaments in precious stones (costume jewelry), 16 children aged from ten to 16 years learning the craft of hairdressing, a large group of children learning the sport of table tennis and basketball as part of their training and development of sports skills, be religious belief which fosters a group of children were baptized (as) always with due respect for their preferences and religious beliefs.

As part of comprehensive development activities and workshops we also aimed to form our SOS mothers carrying some courses such as: Management of refrigerated food and balanced nutrition, hygiene and food handling, such as having a healthy self-esteem, among other nursing courses.

We take this opportunity to extend heartfelt thanks for their generous support and best wishes. With many greetings,

Lucia Veloz Cabral.

Sponsorship Coordinator

SOS Children’s Villages Dominican Republic