Another year comes to a close and so does another chapter in SOS Children Village Rourkela. 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 Rourkela 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
At present we are caring for 167 children in the village and 49 in the youth home. Most of the children are enrolled in schools while the young adults are pursuing higher education from various universities in vocational and professional disciplines. Academically the children in the villages and the youth house have been performing well. The result was close to hundred percent. In the tenth and twelfth standard board exams three of our children secured a first division. Some of the youngsters have got employed with various organisations while some have got married. In one way or other the children and young adults are gradually moving towards making a better life for themselves through hard work and dedication.
Sound health of our children, mothers and co-workers is of paramount importance. Most of the children in the village and in the Youth House are maintaining sound health. A few medical camps like general medical check-up camps, skin camp and sessions on adolescent health issues were organized for all our village children. We collaborate with the nearby hospitals and so that health related needs are promptly addressed to. All necessary initiatives and precautions are taken to reduce the occurrences of diseases and infirmities.
Other than meeting the basic requirements of the children like food, shelter, education and health care, we at 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. Festivals like Raksha Bandhan, Republic Day, Independence Day, Janmashtami, Mahashivratri, Holi and various pujas were performed with fervour and devotion. Various workshops and training programs were conducted to spread awareness and enhance skills of the mothers and the children. The areas covered included meditation, house keeping, leadership, tree plantation drive etc. During the summer vacations several hobby classes and extra-curricular activities were organized in various fields like drawing, painting, dance, yoga, personality development, spoken English, computer skill etc. In addition the children were also kept busy with various sports and cultural competitions. The youngsters in the youth house were also exposed to workshops on career guidance, effects of drug addiction. They also participated in various arts, cultural and sports events bringing laurels to us. These and other such occasions/activities will most certainly go a long way in inculcating in our children a spirit of healthy competition, leadership skills and team work.
Family Strengthening Programme (FSP)
In FSP programme we are providing educational, nutritional, health guidance to 825 children belonging to 534 vulnerable families. Most of the children are enrolled in schools. Those who cleared the twelfth standard exams have secured admission in universities for higher education. A number of training and awareness camps were organised for the beneficiaries to build their capacity to get involved in income generation activities. 6 Self help groups were formed to provide optimum benefits to the beneficiaries. These groups have become the forum for the beneficiaries to express themselves and work towards their individual and collective development.
All in all it has been a fruitful and rewarding year for the children and workers at SOS Children’s Village Rourkela. 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 Rourkela