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Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Astana, Kazakhstan

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Astana, Kazakhstan

A child sponsorship report from Astana in Kazakhstan. Written in 2011.

Dear sponsor,

One of the most beautiful seasons of the year summer has arrived with warm and beautiful weather to “SOS Children’s Village Astana”. And through this report we are delighted to inform you about the recent changes and events that have taken place in the life of our village during first six months 2011.

Before going further we would like to take this chance to thank you sincerely for your finding opportunity to contribute to the life quality improvement of orphans and children deprived of parental care. Despite difficult financial situation whole world faces, you do help significantly to make our kids happy, to fill their hearts with love, care and belief. Since it is very important that children know they are not alone, they have not only SOS families, but someone else to make their dreams come true.

There are 14 SOS families taking care of 73 children at the age from 5 up to 16.

Six village youngsters in January moved to Youth Home 1. It wasn’t difficult for them as they have been preparing for it since last year. At the same time in January three young guys from Youth Home 1 moved to Semi-Independent Program. At this moment there are 11 youngsters in Youth Home 1.

In Youth Home II there are 16 youngsters; among them 9 girls and 7 boys. They live friendly for second year. There were some changes in pedagogical staff but now the staff is completed and all necessary work with children is done at a full range.

All youngsters are planning to work in summer period. Some of them already started working as promoters, waiters and waitresses, builder assistants and etc.

As you know, we have many various celebrations during the year. One of the recent events was Child Protection Day, on June 01. One local company, our constant sponsor, made a very good gift - they paid for reconstruction of a sport field. The first football match among village children was organized this day. Boys were happy: now they have not only have a good football ground but also new sport uniform.

As you are aware, we have SOS nursery on the territory of SOS Children’s Village Astana and we would like to share a piece of information with you. Originally, all children of our Village attended this nursery, but now, as all of them became elder - no one from the Village attends it. The nursery provides its services for city children from families with low living conditions. It is a center for children development with highly-experienced specialists.

Our Family Strengthening Programme continues its work. The number of children - beneficiaries is constantly increasing. Now there are 242 children from 90 families. They are provided with medical assistance, psychological consultations, food packets, etc. The quantity of sponsors who help FSP is increasing, too.

We hope you are pleased with the information we are sharing with you. Being one of our best Friends, you are making invaluable contribution into the future of children under SOS Children care. We wish you to have a wonderful summer full of unforgettable moments!

On behalf of our children and SOS mothers,

Ms. Svetlana Mukatayeva,
SOS Children’s Village Astana Director