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Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Feb 22, 2012 11:10 AM
Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

A child sponsorship report from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Written in 2011.

Dear sponsor,

It is Christmas again and here we are forwarding our gratefulness for your kind support. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year, we would like to share you the major accomplishments of SOS Children’s Village Addis Ababa and its different facilities.

The Village

Our village has been doing its utmost to keep up being a better place for all the children under its care. Recently, the village admitted four children to its big family. All the children were very welcoming to the new kids, and easily became friends with them. Seven youth are also transferred to youth homes in July. Therefore, currently there are 256 children under our care. Additional 20 children are also being supported in the Other Forms of Family Based Care Programme while living with their extended families in the community.

In another progress, the second phase of the village construction for the five family houses is 80% completed. The children who will be in the four renovated houses are very much eager to move into their new houses. It is our hope that the other houses will be renovated as planned. 

SOS Youth Homes

Including youth who are transferred to the youth homes in July, the total number of youth in the homes for boys and girls is 26. And the number of youth in different colleges, universities and training institutes is 88. Welcoming and farewell programs were held for the newly transferred youth and for the youth who recently join colleges. At the occasion, the facility awarded 14 youth for their high academic performance and exemplary characters.

All youth who sat for the national examinations at different levels have passed successfully. Those who passed the university entrance exam are already assigned in different government universities and colleges. Similarly, seven youth have graduated from different colleges with degree and diploma. Following their graduation they have taken additional short term courses to increase their chance for employment. 

Summer Activities

In the two months school break summer tutorial classes were held for six weeks in the morning sessions. In addition, a private school in the nearby village had a summer camp and ten of our children with best academic performance had the chance to join the camp. Other than the outdoor activities, they have been receiving different lessons that help them to enhance their personal development. Similarly, children in the village had a lot of playtime and they were actively participating in different clubs like football, art, music, ground tennis, taekwondo, sponsorship, scout, drama and circus.

In the weekends 35 girls attended life skill trainings. The participants provided testimonies on the benefits they get from the training. Twelve boys who have a very good talent in football and ground tennis also joined the teen project in the community and they are regularly attending practice. Besides, the village sponsorship club together with the child parliament arranged a charity program and donated blankets and clothes for needy children and elderly people in the surrounding community.

In another initiative of the village to keep up the bond between children and their biological relatives, 38 children from the village and 17 youth from the youth facilities visited their birthplaces and learned more about their roots. 

Celebrations

African child day was celebrated at the Addis Ababa Exhibition Center for three consecutive days. Participants of the event were local and international aid organizations, different orphanages, schools, government agencies and business companies. Accordingly, SOS children’s village Addis Ababa actively participated in the exhibition representing SOS Children’s villages Ethiopia. At the exhibition different displays were presented and deeds of the organization were explained to visitors. About 40 children and youth were involved in different activities like circus shows, poem and art competitions. The village was awarded with a certificate of participation and one of our girls won the poem competition. Other celebrations like SOS Day and Ethiopian New Year were celebrated vibrantly in the village. 

SOS nursery

The SOS nursery completed the previous academic year with 103 children. Before the completion of the year, the children had a two days educational trip to zoology and entertainment centres. The kindergarten graduated 36 children by the end of the previous academic year. The graduates presented beautiful dramas and games to brighten the day. In the new academic year the KG has begun its work with a total of 138 children in 6 class rooms.

Our village has been doing its utmost to keep up being a better place for all the children under its care. Recently, the village admitted four children to its big family. All the children were very welcoming to the new kids, and easily became friends with them. Seven youth are also transferred to youth facilities in July. Therefore, currently there are 256 children under our care. Additional 20 children are also being supported in the Other Forms of Family Based Care Programme while living with their extended families in the community.  

In another progress, the second phase of the village construction for the five family houses is 80% completed. The children who will be in the four renovated houses are very much eager to move into their new houses. It is our hope that the other houses will be renovated as planned. 

SOS Youth Homes

Including youth who are transferred to the youth facilities in July, the total number of youth in the facilities for boys and girls is 26. And the number of youth in different colleges, universities and training institutes is 88. Welcoming and farewell programs were held for the newly transferred youth and for the youth who recently join colleges. At the occasion, the facility awarded 14 youth for their high academic performance and exemplary characters.

SOS Vocational Training College

Currently the SOS Vocational Training College is providing its services for 144 youth. Due to the competitive labor market here in Ethiopia, the college is working hard to securing jobs for its graduates. Thus, a partnership was made with Occupational Competency Assessment and Certification Center (OCACC) and with different employers in the country. In addition, prospective graduates have been given training and orientation on how to develop business plans. Last September the college graduated 37 youth and out of them, 13 have already secured employment.

SOS Social Centre

The Family Strengthening Programme of the center has a total of 584 children and 224 families under its care. In the programme, the beneficiaries are supported through Basic Essential Services, Family Capacity Building and Community Capacity Building. Months ago 18 mothers, took loan and begin working in different income generating activities like poultry, small shop and selling vegetables, firewood and clothes. Additionally, seven mothers are graduated from embroidery skill training after six months training. Later on, the social center organized an experience-sharing visit for the mothers to a local aid organization called Women in Self Employment.

The Medical Center is also providing primary health care services for the village children & youth, the social center beneficiaries as well as for the residents in the nearby villages.

In the growth monitoring program of the center, a total of 1,224 children were treated in about the last six months. Besides, in the expanded program of immunization, 252 children have received vaccination for different diseases. The family planning program on its part gave services to 1,371 people during the same time period.

Similarly, the Day Care Center is providing its service for 211 children with three nutritious meals per day and pre-school education. The children spend 5 days a week in the center and play different games too. Recently the center graduated 34 children with preschool education.

The drought in the horn of Africa is affecting some parts of Ethiopia. According to the Ethiopian government, 4.5 million people are in need of help. Responding to the need, SOS Children’s Villages Ethiopia delivered food, water and health services to 3250 households in the Somali region. More projects are still underway to further extend the support. Our hearts goes out to the affected children and families. In the middle of this crisis we are glad to inform you that all our villages are safe from the impact of the drought..

Finally, we thank you for all your help which enables us to carry out such wonderful activities. May you have the merriest Christmas of all times and a very happy New Year!

Sincerely yours,
 

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