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Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Gitega, Burundi

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Gitega, Burundi

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

Dear sponsor,

On behalf of our SOS children and co-workers, we are very pleased to greet you and express our thanks for your support to our projects’ activities. We take this good opportunity to share with you the news and results realized during the first semester of the year 2012.

The first semester began with a new Village Director since the former had just retired in December 2011. Handover ceremonies were organized for that occasion in order to say goodbye to the former and to welcome the new one who took up his position.

Activities were realized and results achieved in a bad environment characterized by an increasing poverty and an explosion in prices of basic commodities at the market. The prices doubled whereas the local currency underwent and is still undergoing a worrying devaluation. Fortunately, the SOS co-workers remained courageous and strongly committed for the promotion and protection of SOS children’s rights and those of the neighbourhood.

Nowadays, the Village takes care of 253 children and youths, 129 girls and 124 boys. All those children and youths are benefiting from school training, except 7 who are not of school age yet and one who abandoned his studies for health reasons. 23 children are registered in the SOS nursery, 93 at the SOS primary school, 97 in secondary general and technical education, three in a vocational training and 27 at university. One young boy and one young girl have just completed their university studies. The latter completed her university education with honour and the former completed in the technical secondary education. One SOS child finally got into contact with his biological mother. As events, we celebrated with much enthusiasm the World Mothers’ Day with children, youths and co-workers. In that occasion, the Village Director and children offered presents to SOS Mothers and Aunts. It was a great joy in the whole Village. The Village was honoured by a visit of two sponsors of two SOS children.

Another day which left its mark on the Village’s life is the 23rd of June, the International Day of SOS Children’s Villages. We celebrated it joyfully with all co-workers of other SOS Units, Village’s friends and neighbours who have taken part in such ceremonies.

Within the framework of blossoming activities, the Village, together with the Muyinga Village, organised a football match between children of the two Villages at Muyinga, nearly 100 kilometres far from Gitega. It was during Easter Holidays. Youths studying at Bujumbura realized an excursion with their leader. Co-workers also made an excursion in order to relax.

So as to strengthen co-workers’ professional abilities, 4 SOS Mothers, 2 SOS Aunts, a Youth Leader for girls and the Social Worker received trainings at the regional training centre of Kigali in the Republic of Rwanda. For the same reasons, the Village also participated in a workshop in order to exchange good practices with other SOS Children’s Villages of the country. It also participates in the drafting of a national project of advocacy.

For the sake of increasing local incomes and to make the Organization’s mark well known, the Village is organizing a raffle in a jolly atmosphere which will take place on July 8th, 2012. It is strongly supported by the community in the organization of such an activity.

In connection with our SOS schools, the nursery supports 78 children among whom 23 are SOS children and 55 children of the neighbouring community. The Primary level supports 425 children and 93 are SOS children.

Concerning school results, the global success rate stands at 99.5% whereas it was 99.7% in the first term. That small difference was due to the programme’s volume. On 423 schoolchildren who sat for all examinations, only 2 didn’t get satisfactory results.

The Family Strengthening Programme (FSP) takes care of 749 children in 270 households. Having realized that the school abandonment and failure rate for children within the FSP is high, the programme realized a workshop of exchange with people concerned with taking care of orphans and other vulnerable children. The workshop dealt with the causes of abandonment and school failure for children of the FSP and those of the community. At the end of that workshop, the programme formulated strategies to overcome those problems.

In the Socio Medical Centre, 2 sessions of information, education and communication were held by advanced strategy. So, 793 people benefited from a sensitization on parasitical illnesses and those illnesses due to dirty hands. It also organized a disinfection day for 903 people. For medical consultations, 103 women did an antenatal consultation at the doctor’s and we realise a real increase, resulting from a particular attention given to pregnant women.

Finally, dear Friend, I would like to reiterate once again our heartfelt thanks for your support to the development of our SOS children, our Village and our community. Certainly, be sure that we are very grateful.

SOS Children's Village Rutana