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SOS Children's Villages began caring for orphans in Burundi in 1977, and following the outbreak of civil war in 1993, launched an emergency aid programme in the Muyinga Province of Burundi, for war orphans. This became the third permanent Children's Village, of four today. … more about our charity work in Burundi

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Cibitoke, Burundi

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Cibitoke, Burundi

A child sponsorship report from Cibitoke in Burundi. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Dear sponsors,

The financial crisis which undermines the whole world up affects Burundi and plunge it in an unprecedented high cost of living. The region where the SOS Children’s Village of Cibitoke is located is experiencing the soaring of essential needs prices.

It is in sliding into high cost of living that we snatch at this opportunity to extend to you our heartfelt greetings. All SOS children and co-workers thank you once again for your steadfast support to the village grasp the same opportunity to post you on to its happenings.

The problem of water is increasingly topical when the problem of electricity was solved last October 2011. Promises at the public services level  and a water drilling program will be solution to water shortage in the village shortly.

The SOS Children’s Village Cibitoke has 120 children in its care. Among them, 63 are studying at the SOS Primary School of Cibitoke, 41 at SOS Nursery and 16 stay at home. Among children who are in primary school, 54 got 60% at the end of the 2012 second term and 19 were awarded prizes because they were ranked among the ten first of the  grade  and 6 pupils got school results ranging from 50 to 59%. Three children face serious learning difficulties. Their teachers co-operate with their SOS mothers and aunts to carry on with individualized support to solve the problems.

The medical center is too much in demand that the 3 observation wards cannot meet patients’ requests. The construction of more wards would save many lives. However, the community is happy with its opening and above all its collaboration with the Public Service Insurance Company, which allows civil servants to benefit from its services.

In order to protect the child and the mother, the Medical Center in collaboration with public health care structures has just opened a preventive and promotional health care service. That will significantly reduce infant mortality rate and the number of abandoned children.

Concerning visits, the director in charge of program development came to our Village on March 7th, 2012 with the one in charge of constructions in the Region. They were accompanied by the National Director of SOS Children’s Villages of Burundi. They noticed our achievements and invited us make the Village more welcoming and keep its equipment properly.

With the view to increasing the number of members of the supporting Association to the Village, a delegation made of the president of the Association, the director of the Village and the two others namely the Medical Center and the primary school visited the SOS Children’s Village of Muyinga on 16 and 17 March 2012.

Joyful moments took place in the Village: two children got their first Communion and another was christened. Within the limits of high cost of living, a glass was shared among the villagers and neighboring community. Taking the floor, one of the children guardians in the celebration deeply thanked the ones created the Organization and wished success all SOS co-workers in their mission to care for vulnerable children. 

SOS Children's Village Cibitoke