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Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Trichur, India

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Trichur, India

A child sponsorship report from Trichur 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 Trichur. 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 Trichur 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

Presently we are taking care of 248 children in the village and 104 youngsters in the youth house. The children are enrolled in schools while those who have cleared the twelfth standard exams are pursuing university and professional courses in various disciplines. Admissions in good schools combined with support from tutors and counselling sessions has ensured that the capacities of the children have been boosted. The result for many of the children has been satisfactory. One of our girls secured 96% marks in the twelfth standard exams. With adequate training and support from the SOS mothers, the boys in the youth house have also been growing beautifully. Many of them are studying in schools and colleges while some of them have started working post the completion of their education. A few also found personal happiness by entering matrimony. It gives us immense joy to see our children making sustained efforts towards the betterment of their futures.
Sound health of our children, mothers and co-workers is of paramount importance. With this aim in mind regular health checkups are done for the children and growth monitoring charts are maintained. We collaborate with the doctors from nearby hospitals who visit us and examine the children. All necessary steps are taken to reduce the occurrence of diseases and infirmities.

We at SOS Village try to conduct special programs all the year around. Festivals like Republic Day, St. Patrick’s Feast, Easter and Onam and days like Mother’s Day and SOS Day were celebrated with great fervour, fun, games and cultural programs.

The year was also filled with a host of other activities and workshops to spread awareness and enhance skills of the mothers and the children. Among these were family outings to amusement parks, religious places and the Periyar river, summer camps consisting of educational sessions and group activities which instilled in the children a sense of community, cookery classes for the mothers, workshop on preservation of environment, youth camp, children’s film festival, quiz and sports competitions, group games, drama, dance etc. 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)

Under FSP programme we support 503 children in 275 families. We have formed self help groups for efficient running of the program. Efforts have been made to start income generating programs for the caregivers in order to make them self dependent. We have conducted comprehensive programmes for both caregivers and children in personality development, career guidance, leadership and assertive communication. Children of these caregivers are enrolled in schools. Those who have cleared twelfth standard have secured admission in universities and are pursuing further studies to better their future.  190 of our families benefited through our nutritional interventions.

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