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Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Kolkata, India

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Kolkata, India

A child sponsorship report from Kolkata in India. This charity report is from the end of 2011.

Dear sponsors,

As the year comes to an end, with the festive spirit spread in the air, we would like to thank you for believing in our endeavour and lending support so as to enable us to make a significant difference in the lives of innocent children who have been robbed off the safety and sanctuary that is provided by the family. We the members of SOS Children’s Village Kolkata would like to come together in expressing our gratitude for your benevolence, on which thrives our efforts. Following is a brief overview of the work that has been done in the village.

SOS Children’s Village

Presently we are providing for 156 children and 46 adolescents. All of them are receiving education and it is heartening to note their progress.  96% children successfully passed out their respective classes and promoted to senior classes.

The renovation of 15 family houses and coworker’s residence is complete. The repair and coloring of water tank along with proper water treatment is done to ensure safe drinking water for the village. CFL lights are installed in family houses to save electricity. 

We ensure that our children and mothers are provided with timely medical facilities.  On 15th January, a dental camp was organized.  Children and mothers were provided guidelines for maintaining healthy teeth.  Also a cancer awareness workshop was held for mothers and adolescent girls.

Other than education and healthcare, efforts are also taken to ensure the overall development of the personalities of the children and providing a conducive work environment to the mothers and co workers.

While the major festivals like republic day, Lohri, Holi, Raksha Bandhan etc were celebrated with great fervour to add to the family environment and foster in the children a sense of community. In April 2011 children and mothers celebrated Bengali New Year “Poila Baishak”. They brought new clothes, decorated houses, offered flowers to deities, and prepared sweets in their homes. A cultural programme was organized by the children on the occasion in the evening.

World Earth Hour was celebrated in the village.  All electrical lights of the village campus  were switched off  for two hours. All the mothers and children were aware of the significance, they lit candles and did their normal family chores.

Apart from being promising students, some of our children are also shining in sports and extra-curricular and other talent based activities one of our girls won 3rd prize in 800mts race organized by Bidhannagar Sub divisional Sports Association. Twenty local schools participated in the race.  In the month of July 2011 Cognizant with 40 of its members organized various competitions on drawing, group dance and games for our children and planted trees in the village.  A career guidance workshop was organized in the village where 30 children participated, enhancing their learning abilities. 

Family Strengthening Programme

The FSP is our approach to make positive interventions in the lives of families with children who due to various practical constraints cannot be brought under the fold of the SOS Children’s village. 

At present we are supporting 198 families and 320 children and promoted 12 self help groups, providing them training on different activities on income generation activities like cattle rearing, cloth selling, stitching work, wood fiber selling etc. In the month of march 2011 an awareness programme on balance diet and nutrition was organised. Thirty caregivers and 25 children participated in the programme.

All in all it has been a fruitful and rewarding year for the children and workers at SOS Children’s Village Kolkata. 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 Kolkata