As of today, the 10 families of the SOS-children’s village Borovljany accommodate 51 children. 44 of them go to school, 7 are of pre-school age. The number of SOS-CV-population has decreased as compared to the previous year because it is difficult to pick up and hire suitable personnel who would follow in the steps of the retired SOS-mothers and dedicate themselves to children’s upbringing. That’s the reason why two cottages are empty for the time being. As a rule, a SOS-mother is entitled to retirement after 15 years in that position.
But recently we have got at least two candidates undergoing training as future SOS-mothers. We hope that after the training they are going to stay, and our SOS-village will be able to get new residents.
This year’s summer was very warm with little or no rain. So children were able to get a rest and recreation thus gathering strength for the new school year.
7 kids started school and became first-graders this fall. Before that, in the course of the year, they prepared themselves for school assisted by the SOS-CV-pedagogue. As a result, the adjustment went smoothly. Most children attend local community schools in Borovljany. Several kids, however, having gone through a selection, were picked up to attend specialized schools with arts, musical etc. bias in Minsk.
Those who experience learning difficulties get help from the SOS-CV-pedagogue and their respective SOS-mothers. To do better at school children practice writing and solving mathematical tasks at home. Out-of-school time is organized in a most useful manner according to children’s interests. They have the opportunity to pursue a number of hobby activities like, for example, attending an environmental circle where they learn about the ecological specifics of the local area. Further on, there are hobby groups in dancing, acting, foreign languages and even flower growing. But the most popular pastime among kids is going in for sports such as volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, swimming etc. A day long ”Knight’s Castle” historical reconstruction amounted to a special event at the SOS-village. One amateur presentation about medieval times provided an opportunity to try on the knight’s armor and dance to an old folks tune. The culmination of the festive event was a “knights’ sword duel”!
SOS Youth Homes
After finishing their professional training, Youth Home residents are expected to be out the SOS-care. In doesn’t mean, however, that the youth home doors get shut on them for good. In the course of the subsequent three years, their progress is closely monitored. If necessary, the youths are given advice or by phone. Sometimes, we even provide material assistance. Such ‘residual’ care is necessary until we make sure that our former sponsorees are self-sufficient enough to independently take care of themselves and get on with their lives.
During their time at the SOS-youth home, the youths are purposefully prepared for the future independent existence. Lectures and seminars are arranged for that matter. How to start a family, to become successful – those are questions that everybody is concerned with.
All of the 564 SOS-SC-beneficiaries received assistance and help of different kind in the course of the year.
We’d like to express our deep appreciation and profound gratitude for your help and wish you a blessed Christmas and a happy 2012 new year!
SOS Children's Village Borovljany