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Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Bhuj, India

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Bhuj, India

A child sponsorship report from Bhuj in India. Written in 2011.

Dear Sponsors,

Warm greetings from SOS Children’s Village Bhuj!  At the onset we thank you for your valuable and solicitous support and we are very grateful to have supporters like you who motivate us in bringing about a change in the lives of the children.

Village: 

SOS Children’s Village Bhuj has completed a decade of it’s functioning for children in need of care and protection. At present we have 133 children in the village growing under the loving care of their SOS mothers. We were able to provide support to 14 new children who were brought under the care of the village. At the time of arrival these children found it difficult in the new environment but slowly and gradually they adjusted well and now they have made many new friends in the village.

Education:

A stepping stone of future, at present there are 110 children going to schools. The children are putting in their best efforts. All our children passed their annual examination with flying colours and the result was 100%. Children are being provided able support in their studies from qualified tutors in specific subjects. They are also making optimum use of the village library and Computer Room to enhance their overall academic performance. One of the girls has been able to secure admission in Nursing Course at Faridabad. Every day study sessions are being conducted for the children to solve their doubts & enhance their academics with active support by Village educators.

Youth: 

To make the children become an integral part of the society, the elder children were moved to SOS Youth Home where they are taught to become independent and self reliant. There are 35 children who are learning the nuances of leading a better life. During summer holiday youngsters did summer jobs to get first hand experience about job market. Many self developmental activities like personality development, grooming, communication skills, public speaking etc. were organised during this period.

Family Strengthening Programme:

Our Family Strengthening Programme which aims to empower, help disadvantaged families in taking care of children in their natural families, communities and to bring self- reliance to the vulnerable families. At present, 224 vulnerable families and their 703 needy children from the vicinity of SOS Children’s Village are being benefited under this programme.

Activities:

To promote overall development of our children different developmental activities were organised on a regular basis. Our children are very enthusiastic about co-curricular activities and participation is always overwhelming. Children celebrated various days like International Woman’s Day, Mother’s Day, World Water Day, and Earth Hour Day. Children attended a rally organized by “Arid Communities and Technologies to create awareness on how to save water which is considered to be the most important thing in life. Awareness programs on topics; “Journey of a Water Drop”, “Water Quality”, “and Every drop of water matters” and what we the people can do to save water and keep our Lakes clean were all part of the program. Children gathered around Hamirsar Lake the largest lake of Bhuj and explained people about the importance of saving water.

The village has a SOS Primary School where children of the community and the village are putting their best efforts for a better future. The School is taking nominal charges for the services rendered. It is providing education to the weaker sections of the society. This year the school’s result was 99%, various co-curricular activities were organised for children and also children from the nearby areas were invited to attend these activities. The school has been able to get permission to conduct Classes for Standard 7th from the Gujarat Board and now admission to children is up to class 7th in both English and Gujarati Medium.

Your continued support has been a source of inspiration for our work in the care & development of our children. We once again thank you & convey our best wishes to you & your family members.

With warm regards,

Yours sincerely,

Village Director

Pradeep Jarwal