Blantyre Village has 145 children of which 112 are going to primary school while 29 are at the Nursery leaving 2 babies at home. Our soccer and netball teams have competed with teams from the surrounding communities and our children are involved in inter-house quiz competitions with the best house awarded. June saw the children participating in the Day of African Child and in July during school holidays, some children visited their biological homes. Reality with the outside world changes some of our children’s attitudes and oft times brings better behaviour. In August, our children participated in the Agriculture Fair and asked many questions and so some children came home with prizes for correct answers. October brought Mothers’ Day celebrations when children gave gifts to their mums.
Blantyre Family Strengthening Programme
325 students were supported with schools fees and 150 desks went to 3 schools which benefited from sporting materials like 12 footballs, 8 netballs, 3 basketballs and team uniforms. We managed to give out cooking pots, plates and spoons to community groups.
90 children and their 6 teachers visited colleges to motivate and inspire the children in their aim at high-er education.
Mosquito nets to reduce malaria attacks, were given to 430 children and 108 chronically ill children were supported nutritionally. We also managed to rehabilitate 6 delapidated houses, so now those families are living much more comfortably in healthy surroundings. We also supported many caregivers with their health problems and gave some trainings to enable them to handle their responsibilities with care and dedication.
All the children underwent health checks at our Medical Centre and treatments were given to those that needed it. They went also through HIV counselling and testing together with their guardians/caregivers too.
Blantyre Primary School
Our children’s year was full of extra-curricular activities like Day of African child participation, debates, a trip to parliament, dramas, SOS Day activities in June, a trip to the Trade Fair, HIV and AIDS lessons and Wildlife. Club activities. Academically, all our children in their final grade passed to go onto secondary education.
All this has been made possible through our sponsors generous contributions. We are very grateful indeed!
SOS Children's Village Blantyre