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Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Los Mina, Dominican Republic

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Los Mina, Dominican Republic

A child sponsorship report from Los Mina in Dominican Republic. Written in 2011.

Dear friend,

Receive a warm greeting from the SOS Children’s Village of Los Mina. On this occasion I would like to share with you about the events we’ve had in the programme during the first half of this year.

We started the 2011 with the firm intention to continue our work on behalf of the children of our fostering and family strengthening programmes.

2010 was a year of many achievements in which we impacted lives positively. We contributed to provide a home to children that lost parental and family care, equally contributed in providing tools to vulnerable families to prevent child abandonment, giving the parents trainings and preparation to handle their families as well as possible with a good use of resources.

During these early months of the year we welcomed six children in the Village who have integrated positively to the SOS family model thanks to the good reception given by the children in their respective homes and thanks to the work done by the SOS mothers who everyday with love and dedication overflow in care to the children.

In the same order, five of the young people concluded the process of preparation and passed to the youth communities, where they will be aimed towards the self sufficient live. At the youth communities the young people are accompanied by the youth leader and will have the follow up of the technical team who will provide proper guidance in the academic, vocational and everything that has to do with their personal development.

As the summer holidays approach, we are planning a summer camp for the children, where they will participate of sports, drama courses, film projections and crafts. The children are thrilled with the idea of all the activities they will be participating of.

This year we will celebrate the 31st Anniversary of SOS Children’s Village in the country and for the occasion we will have an open door activity where the SOS Community will strengthen ties with the surrounding communities. For the party we’ll have different activities such as crafts sale (handmade by the children), dance groups, film screenings, and poetry recital. There will be also, music, food and refreshments. The SOS Mothers are very excited about this project and even formed a committee which delineated the roles of each person that will make its contribution to realizing this project.

We continue impacting the community through the family strengthening programme, we now have 184 children as direct beneficiaries, these children represent 135 families. Children whose parents now have a better opportunity of entering the labor market and providing their families with a better quality of life, but above all, fulfilling our greater purpose which is to prevent child abandonment.
So far these are the news we have to share. Before saying good bye, I would like to thank you for your continued support to the work done by SOS Children’s Villages in Dominican Republic in providing a loving home for every child, a family and more opportunities, all this thanks to your kind cooperation.

Until a next time dear friend!!!!