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Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Bhimtal, India

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Bhimtal, India

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

Dear sponsors,

Another year comes to a close and so does another chapter in SOS Children Village Bhimtal. A year that saw positive interventions happening in the lives of young 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 Bhimtal would like to say a big thank you. In the letter that follows we enumerate the work that was done.

SOS Children’s Village

At present we are caring for 139 children in the village and 41 youngsters in the youth house.  We also had additional members added this year out of which the youngest member is a one day old baby boy. All our children who have reached the age have been enrolled in schools.

This academic year we saw good results on the part of our children with 98% success. Result for tenth standard was hundred per cent with some securing first and second divisions. Those who cleared the twelfth standard exams have enrolled themselves in universities for further studies. All Youth boys are enrolled in schools, universities and professional courses. Some of them are undergoing apprenticeship training. The year also has good news for us as 7 of your youngsters entered matrimony and a few others have found economic independence and stability.

Alongside their educational prospects, attention is also paid to their health and well being.  Throughout the year we organized health camps in collaboration with doctors from neighbouring hospital, focusing on different areas. For example general health check-up, dental care, haemoglobin testing.

In order to provide the children with a holistic environment for growth and nurturing we at SOS CV ensure that we are actively engaged in extracurricular activities and celebrations. This year, festivals like Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Republic Day, Holi, Raksha Bandhan, and Independence Day were celebrated amidst great fervour. The children were deeply involved in the planning and execution of the celebrations to make it a memorable and emotionally rewarding day for everyone present.

We also organised Cricket matches, painting competitions to encourage and enhance the talent that some of our children possess, at the same time inculcating in them team spirit and a healthy sense of competition. We also conducted workshops and discussions on issues which have everlasting personal and social relevance. The areas included issues pertaining to adolescent girls and boys and career prospects in the field of agriculture.  

Family strengthening programmes (FSP)

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 67 families and 166 children who have been identified as vulnerable. Self-help groups have been instituted for efficient running of the program. The SHGs conduct training programmes for income generation and capacity building within the vulnerable families.

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