Another year comes to a close and so does another chapter in SOS Children Village Khajuri Kalan. A year that saw positive interventions happening in the lives of innocent children who would have otherwise been left to their own devices hadn’t it been for your kindness. As an acknowledgement of your support and help, we at SOS Children Village Khajuri Kalan would like to say a big thank you. In the letter that follows we enumerate the work that was done which made a difference in the lives of our children.
SOS Children’s Village
Presently we are taking care of 80 children in village and 12 boys in youth home. Children are under the care of 12 Mothers supported by 16 Aunts and a team of co-workers who are qualified to manage special children in the best possible manner.
Out of 80 children in village presently 37 children are attending SOS Activity Center, which is within the village campus. Special Educators at Activity Center focus to teach children daily living skills. Thus play-way method is used and a joyful learning ambience is created through special education materials. 15 children are attending regular schools. 13 children are studying in different special schools and 15 small children are staying at home. This academic year also all the children did well and were promoted to next class.
Sound health of our children, mothers and co-workers is of paramount importance. Sadly some of our children are suffering ill health. However we hope that with regular medical check-ups, proper nutrition and medication they will be able to pull through this crisis situation. Medical Checkup and awareness Camps are being organized in the village for children and mothers regularly. Also a dental checkup camp was organized in the village by People’s Medical college in the month of April 2011.
Other than meeting the basic requirements of the children like food, shelter, education and health care, we at SOS Village try to conduct special programs all the year around in collaboration with individuals and/or organisations with a view to enhancing the personal and inter-personal skills of the children and fine tuning the proficiency of our mothers and co-workers. While festivals like Maha Shivratri, Makar Shankranti, Holi, Raksha bandhan, Janmashthami and Republic Day were celebrated amidst great fervour, days like Earth Hour, International Day of Family, Mothers day were observed with a view of spreading awareness on various fronts.
In the month of January 2011 Digdarshika Institute in association with Sense International organized a picnic for special children at Kamla Nehru Children Park, in which 5 children from our village participated. In September 2011 Rotary Club of Bhopal organized Winter Games 2011 for special children, in which 25 organization participated. 28 children from the village participated in various events.
Khajuri Kalan consists of 14 Family Houses, a Special Activity Center, Physiotherapy Unit, Speech Therapy Unit, Community House, Co-worker’s Residence, a well-equipped Medical Center, Village Shop and Office Area.
We have a Youth house within the premises for youth boys where a specially trained youth co-worker supports them in activity of daily living and independent living programme. At present we have 12 youths residing in Youth Home, attending different special schools and Vocational Training Center as well.
This year we have moved a step ahead and started Vocational Training Centre at the village premises in association with Ketki Public Education Welfare Society. Under trained professionals young adults acquire a skill as per their capability, which would help in rehabilitating them in the main stream of the society.
All in all it has been a fruitful and rewarding year for the children and workers at SOS Children’s Village Khajuri kalan. This letter was a small attempt to keep you abreast with the constructive work that was put in. It wouldn’t have been a success without your generosity for which the SOS family along with the children are indebted.
SOS Children's Village Khajuri Kalan