We greet you from our lively and beautiful village of SOS children’s village Maseru, Lesotho. It is now that time of the year where we get to see our beautiful country covered with snow after a very dry hot summer during December holidays.
The beginning of the year 2012 started with placement of children after we obtained court orders by late December 2011. We currently have 91 children in the village. There are 65 applications at hand to be placed at both Maseru Village and Quthing Village. Home assessments are in progress to find the most vulnerable children to be admitted in the Maseru Village.
Most of the children from SOS Children’s Village Maseru attend SOS Primary school. They are from classes 4 to 7. They are assisted by the Village Educator with the evening study, Monday to Thursday. The same groups are supported in the acquisition of study skills through Saturday library attendance from 9am to 12pm.
This year we have three groups of the youth who have enrolled under the Distance Intervention Programme that prepares them for SOS International College based in Ghana. Five are due to go for baseline assessment, while three (3) are due to sit for the entrance exam. Four (4) other youths are in the process of attending preparatory classes to write exams in 2013. We also have twenty-three (23) youth who attend different high schools around Maseru area and are day scholars. These high school students are offered a remedial support in the areas of English, Maths and Science; these are in Form A-E. The ones in boarding schools are seen during the vacations. Our Youth who are in Form C-E to attend a workshop on career guidance in June this year, when all the children are home for school vacations.
On the liaison with mothers, a workshop has been arranged on positive discipline for the 11-13 April- 2012. The Social Worker also offered support to the mothers when newly admitted children were at their bonding stage. Other means of approach to the children were discussed and tried by the mothers especially that of letting children participate in the household chores rather than given the orders.
Family Strengthening Programme (FSP) attended a public gathering in Lithabaneng village to inform the community on the projects to be carried out for FSP beneficiaries within their area by SOS Children’s Villages Lesotho and Send a Cow Lesotho. Meeting will be held between SOS Lesotho and Send a Cow Lesotho to address among other things the projects to be carried out within SOS Children’s Village Lesotho facilities i.e. Youth both in FBC and FSP.
FSP Maseru has now reached its capacity of 600 children as per 2012 National Strategic Plan. Eleven new children have been admitted following the exit of the same number. More exits will be done in April and May as there are children who will be going to tertiary schools. There are already 25 children on the waiting list who will replace the ones exited.
The SOS School performed very well this year in all activities; in athletics both boys and girls were leading all the schools, while in traditional dances especially mokhibo SOS School was excelling. Generally the performance was extra-ordinary high this year, of which is so impressive indeed. Other event carried on this quarter is a career day, whereby children come in different clothing as to portray their feelings in different professions.
Ladies soccer steered the wining spirit by bringing the school trophy from the ladies soccer competitions held in Mafeteng under the organization of Olympic Games committee this year. One child from the village was the goal keeper and she was the best player on that day. Computer lab was wired and furnished with 40 computers after the conclusion of SOS and Bethel contract which ended in December 2011. 6 children are enrolled at SOS Nursery from our village this year; The Nursery opened on January 16th, 2012. They admitted 55 new children and 91 old children which made the total to be 146 children.
The Health Centre attended 1,196 patients from the surrounding communities. Necessary referrals were carried out to higher levels. The Centre participated in the national vaccination campaign against HPV from 23rd January 2012 to 03rd February 2012, which was targeting young girls aged 9 - 13years.
Hope you enjoy the rest of the year and may all your plans and goals succeed. We appreciate the support you do to our village and because of you we manage to put the smiles on these beautiful children’s faces.
SOS Children's Village Maseru