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Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Cibitoke, Burundi

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Cibitoke, Burundi

A child sponsorship report from Cibitoke in Burundi. Written in 2011.

Dear sponsor,  

In this end of year, we are merrier to extend to you our heartfelt greetings and to update you on the happenings of Cibitoke SOS Children’s Village. Heartfelt and sincere wishes for a wonderful festive season for you and your family.  

Security is good in our region despite the economic situation that becomes critical. For a great deal of civil servants, it is impossible to make both ends meet.   

The electric power issue has just got a successful outcome because as of October 21st, 2011, the Village is connected on the public electric network. All co-workers and the surrounding community are on the moon community. Water problem remains even more acute but we expecting its solution in the near future.  

On August 22nd, 2011, our SOS Children’s Village Cibitoke reached its functioning maximum capacity. We took in 24 children including 12 girls and 12 boys whose age is comprised between 2 weeks and 3 years 6 months. Therefore, the village is home to 120 children totally cared for that is 61 girls and 59 boys. Among these children, 62 are attending grade school, 42 nursery and 16 stay at home. Our first child has just moved up to grade 6 and we are fully committed to his support and supervision so that he passes the forthcoming national competitive exam to accede to the SOS Secondary School Bujumbura. We cannot fail to mention that following thorough investigations and upon request guardians, three children were reunited with their biological families.  

Our medical centre, in operation since October 2010 proves to be of immeasurable utility for the Village and the community.  

Educationally, our children will have marked an important step thanks to the follow-up by teachers and family care staff. We had 54 children in primary including 27 girls and 27 boys during the 2010-2011 school year. Only 5 children of whom 2 boys and 3 girls repeated the year what gives us a 90.74% success rate  

In the framework of co-worker building capacity, training workshops were organized namely : training in non violent communication for mothers and educators in view to improve the atmosphere of collaboration, training in budgeting procedure for secretaries and finance and administration officers in the context of fund utilization with accountability and a training organized by the SOS Children’s Villages Burundi National Office on trauma so as to enable co-workers to better manage stress and understand others.  

Mothers took part in a one-week training in first-aid organized by the Red Cross Cibitoke branch office in April. The training enabled SOS mothers to improve the protection of children in their care and to give them first aids when necessary. Mothers organized themselves in workshops to refine their culinary methods and in embroidery and in knitting. Results are largely satisfactory because recipes in the kitchen are now varied and children know well how to carry them out. Embroidered or knitted table cloths begin to appear, and a good number of children knit as well as their mothers.  

On September 22nd, 2011, mothers completed their initial training by an issuance session of their certificates confirming that they are licensed SOS mothers.  In all, 9 mothers were appointed on a permanent basis, others will be so on November 25th, 2011.  

In the framework of child protection, the committee in charge of sex education works with children and with SOS mothers. This committee has built mothers’ capacities in that field in order to enable them to conduct talks with children on the so-called taboo topics. As for children, they participated in the development of the code of conduct related to sexuality.   

The International SOS Children’s Villages Day was celebrated as usual. The word of the day was based on the support that the community must bring to the SOS Children’s Village Cibitoke because it is there for the community. A guest, the General manager of hydraulics and Rural Energy, taking the floor promised that he is going to strive harder so that the village is connected on the public electric network with enough water flow. The connection was effective, for water we are patiently awaiting but hopefully.  

Closing off, we reiterate yet again all our best wishes for a joyous Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year 2012.

SOS Children's Village Cibitoke