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Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Tema, Ghana.

Young girls from SOS Tema
Young girls from SOS Tema

A child sponsorship report from Tema in Ghana. Written in 2010.

Dear Sponsor,

We wish to express our gratitude for your committed support towards the SOS Children’s Village Tema and happy to inform you about recent developments and activities that took place at the SOS Village.

EDUCATION

The transitional education which prepares the youth in the SOS Village to the SOS Youth Homes is still in progress.  Seven youth made up of two girls and five boys were moved into the Youth Homes this year. Ten candidates also wrote the Basic Education Certificate Examinations for this year 2010 and are awaiting results. Out of these number, five wrote the highly competitive entrance examination at the International College and three of them, all males passed and have gained admission into the college. They are currently undergoing eight weeks orientation Programme.  Five students from the Village have completed the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IG2) level and are awaiting results to pursue the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme.

Also, two students graduated from the college and are awaiting results to enter the University. The Nursery and Primary schools have also admitted 7 and 11 children respectively for the next academic year which starts in September.

ACHIEVEMENT

Four of our children at the SOS Village were elected prefects at the SOS School after going through vetting and an election. They occupy these various positions; Deputy School prefect, Compound, Sports and Entertainment Prefects. We are proud and congratulate them for the attainment of these competitive positions.

A delegation from the Ohio State University also visited the SOS Village. They spent time with the children, interacting and having games. It was an exciting moment for the children especially because of the socialization. Other visitors such as individual sponsors and friends also visited the Village.

STAFF DEVELOPMENT

Fortnight classes for SOS mothers and aunties are still in progress. Mothers are taken through issues concerning their children. Some of the topics treated include the Profession of a Mother, Sponsorship, Healthy Development and Self Esteem in children. On health issues topics like Malaria, Malnutrition, Hemophilia and Asthma among others were discussed with emphasis on signs and symptoms, causes and management or treatment.

NEW STAFF

The SOS Village has recruited six more staff which includes, four aunties to assist the mothers, and also two security men for effective surveillance.

SOCIO-CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

A Talent Exposition Programme under the theme “SOS CHILDREN, OUR WORTH IN SOCIETY” was organized on 6th March, 2010, Ghana’s Independence Day. This Programme was under the auspices of the SOS Village Talents and Creativity Coordinator. The Programme was well patronized and gained much publicity.
A  Philanthropist continues to fete the SOS Village on New Year’s Day and Easter Monday with grand parties for all the children and mothers.

The SOS Village witnessed a marriage and naming ceremony of two resettled youth in February this year. The SOS Village is still hosting its weekend Programme of activities for the children such as musical night, film shows, quiz competition etc.

SOS SCHOOLS

The SOS Schools recently commissioned a two story block for the Secondary level; this is a modern school building with a science laboratory, library, home economics department and classrooms for the children to study. 

The SOS Nursery also held its annual graduation ceremony and 63 children who had gone through the pre-school Programme for the past three years were awarded with certificates.  These children will move on to class one (1) at the SOS School from September this year.  One of the expatriate organizations in the country chose to renovate the kitchen of SOS Nursery where the meals of the children are prepared. The renovation was made to ensure that food is cooked in a more hygienic environment. They changed most of the materials to those ones that are easy to clean; the kitchen was fitted with heater, air conditioner, floor tiles, fire alarm, cabinets and it is also more spacious as a result of the extension. 

INAUGURATION - SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGES, TAMALE AND KUMASI

The two SOS Villages in Tamale and Kumasi were successfully inaugurated on the 13th and 15th of May, 2010 respectively. Both Programmes were well attended by friends, sponsors, well wishers, chiefs and government officials. The children from the Tema and Asiakwa Villages entertained the guests with cultural displays and other performances. Each Village has 12 family houses, a medical, social centre and a school from the Nursery to the junior high level. Currently, the two SOS Villages have a total of 111 children. All the children have settled well in their new environment and are doing well.

Your contribution over the past years is sincerely appreciated and we thank you once again for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

Kojo Mattah

National Director