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Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Tema, Ghana

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Tema, Ghana

A child sponsorship report from Tema in Ghana. This charity report covers the first half of 2012

Dear sponsor,

At this time of the year, I am happy to express our sincerest gratitude for your generous sponsorship for our SOS Children's Village Tema.

The SOS Children’s Village in Tema has had quite a successful and eventful first half of 2012.  With two siblings being recently admitted into the SOS Village, Tema is now the home for 113 children, comprising of 60 boys and 53 girls. The children are all developing nicely and our newest additions are both adjusting quite well. Two of our youth had a few medical challenges and both had to undergo surgery. Thankfully, they both recovered steadily and received their medical clearance on their recent checkups.   We are proud to have a total of twenty-four of our youth successfully complete their Senior High School and Tertiary Education. Out of this total, fifteen (9 boys and 6 girls) completing their Senior High School; 5 of them, a girl and four boys graduated from the SOS International College, and four (2 girls and 2 boys) also completing  Universities  in Ghana and currently awaiting their graduation. A library has also been opened in the SOS Village to further enrich the learning skills of our children. As well, a substantive teacher has been engaged to train the children in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as an after school programme. This is to prepare the children ahead of time for lessons being taught at school.

Medical Centre

Categorized as a Grade ‘D’ Clinic on the National Health Delivery Hierarchy in Ghana, our Medical Centre continues to be visited by our children, staff members and their dependents in Tema, and students of SOS School on a weekly basis, although it is opened to the members of the community as well and has a six bed capacity to detain patients for a few hours in the day. As a Grade D Clinic, we are allowed to administer basic health care to our outpatient patrons without having any in patients. The centre liaised with a department of the Ministry of Health to use our centre for vaccinations and family planning services, and also be used as a training centre for health workshops for personnel from both organizations.

For the first half of 2012, the medical centre has seen a combined total of five hundred and ninety nine out patients. This total comprises of one hundred and two males, one hundred and forty three females, one hundred and sixty seven boys and one hundred and eighty seven girls. Compared to previous years and time periods, attendance has dropped as a result of the opening of a clinic at the SOS International College, their students and staff no longer patronized our medical centre.

Education

SOS School currently has a student population of six hundred and thirty- five pupils, with the Nursery catering for a total of one hundred and seventy eight children. This first half of the year has been filled with academic achievements for the SOS Children’s Village to boast of. We had four  of our children taking part in the SOS International College Entrance Examination, with all four, three girls and a boy gaining admission. Another set of four also passed the Baseline Examination and have joined the Distance Intervention Programme. Seven children took part in the just ended Basic Education Certificate Examination and are awaiting their results to move on to Senior High Schools of their choice. Proudly, one of our children received an award and trophy for being the second best student in the subject of mathematics within the entire Great Accra Region. This was indeed a very proud moment for the child, the SOS mother and the entire SOS Village.

Activities undertaken during the first half of the year in includes, Educational tours, a Graduation Ceremony for students who completed Junior High School, an Open Day designed for parents to visit the school and interact with the teachers and gain a better understanding of our programmes, a sports festival and the Independence Day Celebrations which was held at the SOS School sports field. During this year’s Independence Day Celebrations, children from nursery level two (2) joined the SOS School pupils in the celebrations and interacted with the older pupils as they would soon be transitioned from the nursery to SOS School. Students and pupils were also treated to Pre- Easter fun games. A total of fourteen scholarships were granted to pupils with exceptional academic performance.

Our school continues to experience high patronage when it comes to admissions as our educational standard, facilities with a Special Education Department and curriculum is still rated amongst the best in the community.

SOS Children's Village Tema