It is with great pleasure that I write to inform you about interesting and important events in your sponsored facility, the SOS Children’s Village Bo, Sierra Leone. The SOS Children’s Village Bo continues to play a vital role as a leading child-care organisation that provides emotional financial and physical support to orphaned, destitute, abandoned and vulnerable children in our society.
The SOS Children’s Village Bo, Sierra Leone in the beginning year had 130 children, 66 boys and 64 girls, living happily in the SOS Children’s Village, Bo. Life in the village has been very accommodating and colorful. The village in its efforts to give holistic development to SOS children and youths continues to seek and facilitate the welfare of its children in getting quality education and upbringing; through partnerships with other child welfare organizations, local and non governmental organizations, prompt and adequate follow ups on children’s educational institution, welfare needs and support. No doubt children’s educational performances have improved tremendously in their first and second assessments and more so their terminal examination as shown in their second term results. As it is believed that healthy children produce healthy grades, 98% percent of academic excellence was achieved for the second term assessments of SOS children at the SOS School in Bo. In addition, this academic year, 2009/2010, six children have taken the National Primary School Certificate Examination (NPSE) in May and are awaiting results. Another three would be taking the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), a middle secondary school exam in July, 2010.
A successful orientation programme was also conducted for twenty six (26) proposed youths in transition to the youth home. These proposed youths during the Youth Transition Programmeme (YOP) learnt a lot of things about semi independent life in the youth hostel, hostel chores, planning and management skills regarding finances and proper up keeping of the youth home and their personal belongings.
Three mothers and three other staff were recognized and awarded by the National Association for long service and dedicated work to the organization ranging from 15 to 22 years in January, this year.
Mother’s Day this year was celebrated as this day marks a very significant day in the life of an SOS mother. Mothers were appreciated and recognized for their good work, dedication and service to the world’s needy children. SOS retired mothers were equally recognized and decorated during this wonderful celebration on May 11, 2010. A thanksgiving service, football match and a community treat out formed part of the programmeme organized for the celebration.
Family Strengthening Programme
In Bo, the Family Strengthening Programme started in this reporting period. In January this year, several sensitization meetings of our Family Strengthening Programme were held at Mattru on the Rail and New London eye marked locations for Family Strengthening Programme intervention in Bo. Both communities were fully sensitized about our Family Strengthening Programme intervention.
Both communities in Bo in turn established their Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) who is our close partner in running the programme. The identification of beneficiaries and needs assessment of families was immediately undertaken and the process is still in progress. The programme has currently assessed 91 caregivers with 350 child beneficiaries from Mattru-on-the-Rail and New London communities.
The school roll at the beginning of the year was 172. Thirty of these are SOS children, 17 boys and 13 girls; 142 non-SOS children, 78 boys and 64 girls. The educational standard of the nursery continues to improve as there is a high demand of our nursery from the community. The academic year, 2008/2009 has been very good. Out of 70 children who took the entrance exams into primary school 69 had clear passes and were admitted into primary school. A graduation ceremony was held on their behalf during which the children were decorated with awards and certificates.
The School continues to run smoothly with a roll of 505 pupils/students. 120 SOS children, (56 boys and 64 girls); 385 Non SOS (164 boys and 221 girls) with a very high standard of education. In the previous school year, 46 children took the previous National Primary School exams and we had a 100% pass; 32 took the Basic Education Certificate exams and 31 passed; 14 children passed the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Exams with 13 gaining requirements to university and the remaining admitted into tertiary institution. The output of our students has created a high demand of people from the community craving for their children to attend our schools.
SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGES TRUST SIERRA LEONE
Mrs. Fatmata M. Taylor
National Sponsorship Coordinator