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Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Bindura, Zimbabwe

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Bindura, Zimbabwe

A child sponsorship report from Bindura in Zimbabwe. Written in 2011.

Dear sponsor,

2011 is full of promise following the good rains in and around Bindura during first part of the rainy season. The grass is still green and it looks we are going to have bumper harvests of maize, the staple crop. There also have been late rains in April heralding the onset of the winter season.

There is a drive to promote micro - livestock production in the village. Bee keeping, chickens and rabbits continue to be popular with co-workers, mothers and children. Workshops have been arranged to improve skills in relevant areas. This will inevitably assist in supplementing household incomes for SOS families while enhancing child participation in the management of the projects.                           

The SOS Nursery Bindura

Enrolment now stands at 63. A toddler stimulation programme has started with an initial enrolment of 3 toddlers from the village. A talented village youth has decorated the kindergarten walls with the beloved cartoon characters familiar with most children. An educational trip organized by the kindergarten saw 25 children visiting Lion and Cheetah Park in Harare. Within this period, two educators took part in a village organized poultry production course as part of personal development for staff.

The SOS Maizelands Primary School

Current enrolment stands at 1001 pupils and 29 members of staff .The school continues to be outstanding in sports. The majority of parents still struggle to pay fees. A parenting skills workshop was held for parents and teachers while two teachers benefited from a poultry production course organized by SOS Children’s Village in Bindura. The school received a donation of textbooks and stationery from UNICEF. School fundraising efforts continue to have a positive impact with a recent harvest of 20litres of honey from the school Bee keeping project whilst the school maize plot is set to produce about 500kgs of maize. A classroom block under construction is now at window level.

The SOS Hermann Gmeiner Primary School

The school has 918 children and 28 staff members. The grade 7 pass rate for 2010 was 78% representing a marginal improvement over the previous results. With extra tuition programme and monitored homework in place, our results will continue to improve.  The school received a donation of books and stationery from UNICEF and also funds from the Constituency Development Fund which went towards locks and stationery. Development levy of $13 per child to sink a borehole has been approved. One of the pupils from this school received a gold medal in the National Athletics competitions while two teachers from the school benefited from a poultry production course organized by the village as part of their staff development programme.

The SOS Hermann Gmeiner Secondary School

Current enrolment stands at 917 students. O’ Level results for last year were 31.5% pass rate showing a decline of 0.4% when compared to previous years whilst A’ Level increased by 8.8%. The school music group took part in the two - day Vocal and Instrumental Festival hosted by the National Institute of Allied Arts in Harare. Six students took part in the National Poetry and Painting Competitions and one of these made it to national level where he came out fourth. Two members of staff attended a poultry production course organized by the village.

Your continued effort in supporting our Programmes is truly priceless, and we look forward to a lasting relationship with you.

Yours Sincerely,

H. Chabayanzara
Village Director