It is again with great pleasure to share with you the development of SOS Children’s Village Siteki since the beginning of January 2011. It is now winter and very cold in a lot of areas in Swaziland, including Siteki. The children have been catching cold and flu, have been treated by the clinic and are continuously encouraged to dress warmly.
On May 3-6, 2011 the village hosted the SOS Senior Regional and Continental Managers from the Southern Africa Region. This meeting was held at the Social Centre, boardroom which is often used for meetings, conferences, and workshops. One of the interests for this meeting being held at Siteki was that the managers wanted to see this new facility.
The SOS Nursery has admitted forty-three children so far, and has three classes operating. The number of admissions is expected to continue as people get used to the new facility. The children in the nursery are already enjoying the activities; the themes for their classroom activities, playtime and learning about gardening. They are so keen to start doing drummajorates in preparation to perform for their parents in the next coming graduation or end of year nursery party.
The SOS medical centre is operating at a much better pace now that people around are used to having a centre in this community. There has been good awareness and response on immunization for young children. The clinic has also been given an assistant nurse by the Ministry of Health. The clinic has treated ninety-one adults and one hundred and fifty-eight children from January to date.
The Family Strengthening Programme continues with its operations at the three target communities; Matsetsa, Langa and Mangoleni. The programme is servicing 75 families and 359 children & youth. Capacity building for families/community based organizations who are interested in the projects, is done through training/workshops. This is to equip them with the necessary skills to manage their projects. Examples of products include; Marmalade Jam, Atchar, Peanut Butter, leather products like handbags, sandals, and crochet of items such as hats, and scarves.
We again thank you our sponsors and friends for the support you are giving us, wish you enjoy the remaining months of the year.