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Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Socoura Mopti, Mali

Child from SOS Socoura Mopti
Child from SOS Socoura Mopti

A child sponsorship report from Socoura Mopti in Mali. Written in 2010.

Dear Sponsor,

We take advantage of this opportunity to thank you for your noble and constant efforts for the SOS Children's Village so that they grow and develop in a safety and joyful environment for a better future.

At the beginning of the year 2010 no major problems happened and the SOS families are living in a perfect peace.  The SOS Children's Village of Socoura-Mopti hosted 134 children of which 67 boys and 67 girls divided into fourteen family houses.

Indeed, given the good results achieved in the various examinations at the end of the school year 2008-2009 respectively 100% in College entrance examination and in the D E F (Junior High School Leaving Certificate) equivalent to College Brevet seven young people left for study reasons and nine other for apprenticeship training, also two children from the same family left at the request of their biological mother totaling the number of children who left to18.

On last 1st October, primary school pupils and students from college went back to school throughout the territory of Mali after very busy vacation especially for ours through a camp between the two SOS Children’s Villages of Mali (Mopti and Sanankoroba) that permitted the children to explore the in-country for a month. Thus, 82 children from the Village of Socoura-Mopti resumed school including six new entrants. This figure is divided as follows: 36 Girls and 32 Boys in Primary School and eight girls and six boys in College. During the first term of this school year the rate of those who get the average is 92.85%.

During the school year 2009-2010 we have four candidates for the DEF and 16 for College entrance examinations. This year one of our girls called Aminata was elected to the Regional Parliament of the Children of Mopti. She is a member of the protection group of the Parliament.  Today there are 271 children attending the nursery. Among them are 151 girls and 120 boys distributed between three sections among them 23 children from the SOS Children's Village including 10 girls and 13 boys.

Alongside the academic activities, the socio-cultural and sport activities hold the attention of the Children and in areas such as dyeing, dress making, Bogolan (technique of traditional impression) chair weaving; in sport subjects such as football, basketball and karate are practiced.

In terms of health, efforts have been made through preventive measure such as the distribution of mosquito nets, family environment spraying. Awareness about STDs / HIV/AIDS continues with a partner NGO.  So, it is necessary to recall the two disabled children who have been attending school since last year to improve their condition and their rehabilitation continues in a specialized centre for mentally disabled.

Also, always faithful to our mission to contribute to the community development, the SOS Children's Village’s hospital of  Socoura-Mopti  comes among the most performing ones of the community one hand through the large number of people attending it, and on the other hand by the quality and conditions of services provided.

Similarly, neighboring families come regularly in the Village to fetch drinking water, in addition during social events, the Village gives its benches and chairs to the community free of charge.

The year 2009 experienced several happy events among which:
- The reception of new children,
- The WORLD GAMES were celebrated on November 11th with as main event a football match supported by a cultural event in the football ground of the S.O.S. Children’s Village. Several partners as well as the Community authorities participated to it.
- The arrival of French Association “Rentre dans l’art” for a training of the Children in circus during one month.
- The arrival of French Association “BER 2012” for a film show, on December 28th, 2009.
- The arrival of the delegation of <Villages Enchantés> for showing educational movies on February 16th and 17th 2010.
- March 8th, Women International Day with the topic “Situation of the Malian woman from Independence to nowadays” was celebrated in style at the SOS Children’s Village with the participation of SOS mothers and aunts in a procession organized in the morning by the Regional Head Office of the Promotion of Woman, Child and Family and a cultural and artistic party in the evening in the Village premises.

On behalf of all SOS Children and their mothers, I would like to thank you wholeheartedly and send you my best wishes for good health and prosperity.