With the end of the year 2011 fast approaching, we are again happy to inform you about some of the activities that took place in the SOS Children’s Village, Asiakwa. Your noble and generous sponsorship has actually made it possible for us to continue with our charitable work throughout the year and we therefore take the opportunity to express our sincerest gratitude and appreciation to you.
In our efforts to continue to improve the academic work of our dear children, more innovations have been introduced into the currently running study programs, mentoring and monitoring activities. The SOS Village pedagogical team which includes mothers and teaching staff periodically meet to review the academic performance of the children and further make the necessary interventions to improve performance when needed. This has brought about a marked improvement in the academic performance in the children, with ten (10) of our youth gaining admission into tertiary institutions both in Ghana and abroad for the 2011/2012 academic year, and one (1) youth embarking on an advanced post secondary course.
We are also pleased to say that, the mothers of SOS Village Asiakwa have also benefited tremendously through specially organized educational programs put in place to improve their knowledge and skills. These programs for the mothers generally take place over a period of a week at the mothers’ training centre situated at SOS Village Tema. A three-month orientation program was organized for a total of thirteen (13) auntie trainees for both SOS Villages in Asiakwa and Tema. Upon completion, two (2) of these newly trained aunties was permanently posted to Asiakwa as permanent staff.
Our children have maintained healthy bodies and lifestyles, with only a few cases of minor illnesses reported at SOS Clinic in Asiakwa. The monthly statistics at our clinic indicate Malaria as a frequently reported ailment, and occasionally reported cases of Respiratory Tract Infections, skin diseases and minor injuries. During the latter stages of June, many children and co-workers suffered from the cold & flu virus and minor eye problem called ‘Apollo’. Thankfully, these situations were managed at the clinic promptly and successfully. Four (4) of our children received psychological & psychiatric support and treatment for behavioural issues. We have observed major improvements in their conditions.
Earlier in the year, Tab Ivermectine (oncho drug); an anti Malaria drug was given to the children, mothers and staff of the SOS Village Asiakwa. At a later date, ITN (Insecticide Treated Nets) was also distributed to all the Family Houses. The Clinic at the SOS Village Asiakwa was also a recipient of Rapid Diagnostic Test Reagent (RDT), a test used to confirm the presence of plasmodium Falciparum (Malaria bacteria) in the blood prior to treatment. A total of 1,086 attendances were recorded at the SOS Clinic.
Throughout the course of the year, a number of social activities have taken place at the SOS Village including a well-attended and befitting send-off ceremony for the retirement and farewell of the oldest mother of SOS Children’s Village Asiakwa. Her older children that she nurtured over the years were all present with citations and ‘thank you’ gifts. As part of the retirement process, a permanent SOS auntie was placed in the family house for about a year to enable the children to get bond with her before the older mother retired. The retirement was very emotional for the both children and co-workers. Since her retirement however, the children in house have adjusted well with their new SOS Mother who is doing very well for all the children.
A program to mark the 40th Anniversary of SOS Children’s Villages in Africa and the Day of the African Child was jointly organized by the SOS Village and SOS School on 16th June, 2011. These events saw a grand display of historical narrations, poetry recitals, cultural dances and film shows. The children enjoyed themselves so well and they were later served with drinks and cookies.
We are happy to announce that at the end of the last academic year, SOS nursery was registered with the Department of Social Welfare at Kibi which is the district capital. This is one of the requirements for setting up a child care centre in the region. The benefits include recognition by Ghana Education Service, and as well as programs of the District Health department. It also insulates the facility in case of any unfortunate occurrence in its operations. This year’s school admission exercise was successfully carried out, pulling in the admission of 54 pupils into the nursery and 6 students’ for the Junior High levels for the next academic year. The school continues to collaborate with the SOS Village to put in place mechanisms for improvements in the overall academic performance.
Family Strengthening Programme (FSP)
Under the FSP, 520 children from the surrounding communities of the SOS Village, Asiakwa received support in the form of accommodation, health care, psycho-social support, income generation, financial management and training to acquire life skills. Out of the 520 children supported, 240 youth between the ages of 12 to 18 were trained in organic farming principles and life skills, with another 120 youth have been trained to acquire similar skills. 90 youths above the age of 18 were given training in organic agriculture and provided with starting capital and/or credit facilities to start their own agricultural business.
We wish you all the best for the end of the year festivities and a prosperous and a Happy New Year (2012).