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Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Mombasa, Kenya

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Mombasa, Kenya

A child sponsorship report from Mombasa in Kenya. Written in 2011.

Dear sponsors,

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams“ These were the inspiring words to the children, SOS Mothers and Co-workers at the beginning of the year.

We are glad that you support our work and as a result, our mission, goals and vision have turned into reality. We now share with you the progress and happy moments that we have experienced in the last half year.

The smiling faces

The first phase of six family houses being renovated was completed in December 2010. The children from these houses were excited to move into their beautiful house  and they could not help saying that once the 2nd phase is complete their village be very beautiful. The second phrase has started and we anticipate completion before the end of the year. In addition, a machine that filters salty water to fresh water for drinking has been install.  The children are now able to quench their thirst any time of the day. Moreover the village is cutting cost on water
because they are refining their own water.

Live your life to the fullest potential

The SOS Mother for house number five was named the employee for the Year 2011 by her colleagues. She was voted as the best employee of her supporting practices for the organization’s policies, innovation, proactive leadership and building good relationship with the children and employees. It was also noted that her experience and knowledge enabled her to understand every one she interact with.  In addition to the duties of a mother, she unselfishly assist with village extra curricular activities that benefit children. She is always willing to assist whenever called upon and currently serving as a village committee member and the representative for the SOS Mothers in Mombasa.  Her colleagues report that she always treats them with kindness and grace; therefore holding her in high esteem for the values she has contributed to the work environment. She exemplifies a strong, conscientious and professional woman who is a role model for all those she leads and supports. She is also known for her sweet delicacies.

Academics

There have been positive developments in the children’s academic performance and our children have done their best to live a cut above their contemporaries by doing their studies diligently and participating in extra-curricular activities. We can proudly report that generally children of all ages have endeavored to achieve outstanding levels in their knowledge and understanding in all subjects and activities.

Partnerships

We have continued to enjoy partnerships with various organizations and this has in a great way made it possible for us to achieve our goals. Some of them have funded youth activities and offered job opportunities in their organizations. One such organization is Digital Opportunity Trust that has rolled out a financial literacy programme called Startup!. This has attracted 33 youth who successfully underwent training and were certified.

Fatherhood

Fatherhood was celebrated during the Father’s Day. The celebration was a surprise to the Village Director and was organized by the employees. They apreciated the Village Director for the efforts he has made in order to help actualize the organizations vision and mission. He has also been a father figure to the children whom he has provided with love and security. To crown it all, a cake was cut and thereafter the village director was presented with a gift of appreciation for his hard work.

The SOS School

The enrollment at the nursery is currently at 122 children while the primary school at 500. Both schools have been running well with the planned activities for the year. Academically 30 children from the nursery are expected to graduate at the end of the year.  At the primary section grade one to three have had a mean score of 410 and above while class four to eight are at 340. Overall the school’s mean score stands at 386.5. Besides learning, there has been a beehive of activities at the school some of which they had exchange programmes with neighbouring school where the pupils were exposed to different learning skills. A parents meeting was also held where parents were advised on how to have quality time with their children, good grooming, discipline, and effective communication. They were also informed on how to support their children in achieving their set target marks. In addition 10 children from needy families were awarded with bursaries.

Learning by seeing…

The nursery teachers and the learners went for an educational trip to Tsavo East National Park. This park is one of the oldest and largest park in Kenya. It is considered one of the world's biodiversity strongholds, and its popularity is mostly due to the diverse wildlife that can be seen, including the famous 'big five' consisting of masai lion, black rhino, cape buffalo, elephant and leopard. It is also home to a great variety of bird life such as the black kite, crowned crane, lovebird and the sacred ibis. The children were over excited and did not stop talking about it for a whole week. Other groups were the members of Wild-life Club who took part in the Marine Excursion. The scouts also went camping for a week.

The Family Strengthening Programme (FSP)

The Family Strengthening Programme has been committed to achieving its goal of empowering caregivers so that they can be able to take care of their children. In this regard a support group for caregivers  living with HIV/AIDS was established with an aim of empowering them with knowledge that will help them adopt positive living, promote unity among members, fight stigma and discrimination.  This has brought back life to their families and are now a very strong and reliable group taking care of their family. All their children have regained their friends and gone back to school. One of child from these families said that they will remain very grateful to this programme and will make meaningful use of the support given to their family. With the programme support they now have confidence that they have the chance to become useful to the society in future.

That has been the highlight. Indeed, we owe it all unto you for your immeasurable support.

Yours faithfully,
Gladys Mumbi,
Sponsorship Coordinator.