We want to send you a warm greeting on behalf of the families of this SOS Children's Village as well as our gratitude for your invaluable support.
We are very proud to communicate that we had two important awards this year. On the one hand, the “Centro Mexicano para la Filantropía” (Mexican Center for Philanthropy) gave us the highest rank on institutionalism and transparency as a non-profit organization. On the other hand, at a state level, the government awarded 49 non-profit organizations with certificates of professionalization. Our Village was among the ten that were ranked on the top level. We feel very proud for receiving these awards but they also mean great commitment and responsibility for us.
We started this year with a major cooperation agreement: the facilities that previously belonged to our nursery and were not used are now used by the “Fundación Internacional de la Comunidad” (International Community Foundation), an institution that provides services and funding to non-profit organizations. These facilities will now be used for the good of the community, and our Village will have institution strengthening training provided by this foundation.
The village population has not increased this year; currently, there are 86 children, adolescents and youth that are part of ten families. Almost 70% of them are over 12 years, which represents an interesting challenge for mothers and supporting people.
As part of our commitment, to improve the quality of the services provided to the families, our technical team has been reinforced. In recent months, we have added two people to our team: a psychologist that will act as a family adviser and a youth counselor that will provide support to young people in the process of developing a self-sufficient life.
Another very important event for our community occurred in April, when four mothers of the village received their designations as “SOS Mother” in a very emotional ceremony and in the context of the re-opening of the SOS Children's Village in Mexico City.
In may, to celebrate Mother's Day, we had a meal consisting of grilled steak, a salad and a cake. All families in the village participated. This time, youth and teenagers were in charge of preparing the special meal for SOS mothers and aunts.
Regarding the development of children and adolescents, besides activities for academic enhancement and skills development, this year, we had a new course for children. It was about “values”. Also, there were two puppets performances with the aim of reinforcing their values.
Regarding recreation, there have been many activities this year. For new year’s eve, three families were on vacation of town: one was in Morelia; another one in Guadalajara and another one in Sinaloa. Boys and girls were very happy since they never had the opportunity to travel so far away before. Meanwhile, mothers returned so exhausted that they didn’t seem to have had any vacation at all. For Easter, two families went camping to nearby beaches.
The end of the academic year, as well as graduations is close. Families are already planning trips for summer school days off.
We would like to send you a warm greeting and our best wishes. We certainly reassert our deepest gratitude.
Luis Manuel Reza Maqueo
SOS Children’s Village Tijuana Director