At this period when we will soon end the year 2011, it’s a good opportunity for us to address you our sincere greetings and all our thanks for your many kinds of support which allow us to take in children and youths in our village and other connected facilities.
The number of children changed from 144 to 150 since August 2011 because of 15 newly admitted children and 9 others transferred to youth homes.
With regard to children’s education, 2 aunties have been hired at the end of August so as to replace 2 others who had resigned. The profile of the former is the same as the one of SOS mother’s candidate. The process of guiding them has already begun and it will continue for 6 months. In the same way and so as to improve the quality of our services, educational co-workers were trained, such as SOS mothers and aunts in non violent communication in July, a youth leader, an educational officer and a social worker in international sponsorships in September as well as in trauma and stress management for youth leaders in July and other educational co-workers in October.
In the same matter, all of the youth leaders under 5 years of seniority benefited from a 3 week initial training, in June and July, at the HG regional training center of Kigali in Rwanda. Besides, the village Director took part in 2 trainings, one in his role in the child development in Rwanda, another in child participation in child protection in Kenya.
The regional advisor for education came to supervise the SOS primary school and nursery of Muyinga in August while a continental team carried out an organizational and financial audit in our site at the same period.
At the beginning of the school year 2011-2012, there are 445 pupils at the SOS primary school of Muyinga. Among them, 117 are SOS children and 328 from the community including 10 children from vulnerable families whose assistance is insured by the Family Strengthening programme. Let’s mention that among 362 pupils from grade one to grade five, 320 succeeded i.e. 88.4% whereas all the 68 pupils who were at the end of the cycle got marks which allow them to go to high school i.e. a success rate of 100%. For SOS children going to the same school, the success rate is 88.3% i.e. 104 children about a total number of 118.
Prices were given by the school to the five first pupils in each class as well as to pupils who improved their marks of 3%. In order to stimulate children to develop their talents, we also awarded children whose games were the best at the time of kermes/Tombola organized by the school.
As far as the Family Strengthening Programme is concerned, we still support 409 vulnerable children shared out in 104 families. A self-assessment took place in this programme this year for the first time since its establishment in 2004. Through this assessment, members of the community committed themselves to support the programme activities to make the assisted families autonomous. Among beneficiary children, 6 finished their high school: 2 for general high studies, 3 for educational high studies whereas another finished technical studies.
Moreover, the synergy of non governmental organizations and associations working in favour of orphans and other vulnerable children lead by the village since 2007 took initiative to plead for orphans and other vulnerable children from the 7 communes of Muyinga province to have access to medical care.
As regards to the socio-economic situation, in comparison with last year, the life remains very difficult in families of salaried employees whose revenue remains considerably insufficient mostly because the prices of first needed foodstuffs go on to enhance.
Dear friends, we could not finish this report without having expressed you, once again, our debt of gratitude for all displayed efforts in order to support our work and we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year 2012.
SOS Children's Village Muyinga