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Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Monrovia, Liberia

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Monrovia, Liberia

A child sponsorship report from Monrovia in Liberia. This charity report is from the end of 2011.

Dear sponsor,

SOS CV – Monrovia is most grateful to all her Sponsors for the support of the Village and the Youth Home. In the year under review, a total of 29 Children (Female and Male) were admitted. At the Children’s Village, we now have 134 children (67 female, 67 male).

It pays to be proficient pupil in CV – Monrovia:

The most proficient pupil of CV-Monrovia was sponsored by the National Director to travel to Banjul, along with the Village Director as a treat for her high academic performance. This girl was 10 years old, in the 3rd grade last academic year. Throughout the academic year, the lowest grade scored was 90, for which the HGIS Administration granted her double promotion. In recognition of such feats demonstrated, the National Director allowed his sponsorship to motivate others. The honoree traveled by Air to Ghana and was at the Kotoka Airport, where she had several snapshots. She visited SOS Bakoteh Village (Gambia); spent some days in the village; was at the Regional office and had a wonderful time. She visited Banjul and had several pictures at important places.

Gleeful Preparation for the 30th Anniversary:

The atmosphere is very peculiar in CV – Monrovia since September 2011, especially in the afternoon hours. SOS Children meet to practice beautiful songs they hope to present when SOS Liberia celebrates the 30th  Anniversary of SOS in Liberia.  Some silent activities could also be seen in operation at the Home Art/ Sewing /Handicraft room. SOS children work assiduously to prepare handicrafts they plan to sell at the exhibition that will be held.  Also, during the occasion, the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication will launch 240,000.00 SOS stamps commemorating this event. The date for the celebration will be the 25th of November 2011.

Cheers to the former Village Nurse!

In the cause of developing Liberia’s Health Services, Carter Center offered the Government of Liberia the sponsorship of training the core group of Health workers into “Mental Health Clinicians”. This group will in turn replicate their training to colleagues country-wide. The former Village Nurse of CV-Monrovia was nominated by Management to be part of that training, and she graduated as dux of the class.

Consequently, she was presented with awards and gifts, and has therefore been transferred to the SOS Clinic Congo Town where she now serves as Mental Health Clinician. SOS Liberia herein joins the children and youths of CV-Monrovia to congratulate this worthy daughter of SOS and wish her every success in all her future undertakings.

SOS School - Monrovia

The fourth annual spelling Bee contest was held at the Monrovia City Hall this year and the International School along with two other schools represented Montserrado County at the contest.  The school put up a splendid performance at the contest. The spelling Bee club at the school has proven to be a key success in the lives of students and pupils, thus enabling them to improve in their standard of spoken English.

During the program 13 students received certificates of Excellence for being the duxes for their respective classes as a sign of appreciation for their good works.  Also three pupils were given double promotion at the end of the school year for their excellent performance during the school year.

SOS Nursery Monrovia

The SOS children’s Village nursery Caters to pupils from the Village and community academically, morally and socially. The SOS Nursery had a successful academic 2010 -2011. The academic year ended on June 17, 2011.  It was highly competitive between the village pupils and community pupils.

SOS Medical Center

The SOS Medical Center has been transformed and restructured. Services provided are competitive due to some modern equipment brought in to enhance efficiency and productivity.  The X-ray department is also equipped with a mammogram machine and a modern Ultra sound machine that enables doctors to go deeper into investigation.

There is an ambulance service with crew on board on a twenty-four hour basis for the general public. The medical center is about to open a minor surgical ward to standardize the work of medical doctors. The clinic continued to participate in the networking process with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare with the quest to improve the health care delivery system and immunization of children and mothers.

The Center also plays a compassionate role in the lives of many unfortunate clients who are unable to afford their medical bills. Upon the graduation of our own mental Health clinician, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has allowed to add this sector to the clinic.

Family Strengthening Programme (FSP)

The FSP Monrovia, the oldest in the area of SOS family strengthening in Liberia, though challenged, continues to make the difference in the lives of the needy.  Out of the total number of 1050 primary beneficiaries targeted for 2011, presently we can account for 719 children.

On behalf of the children, mothers and staff of the SOS CV Monrovia we thank you for your support and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.