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Child Sponsorship Report 2012: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Child Sponsorship Report 2012: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

A child sponsorship report from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Dear sponsor,

The agricultural season has not been good in Burkina Faso.

For the 2011/2012 campaign, the short crops were 154462 tonnes. For that reasons 17 provinces are in deficit and 170 rural communes were declared as food insecurity risk zone. To feed the Burkinabe about cfa103 billion and 900 million is needed.

After the rebellion in the north of Mali, the Burkina Faso receives an important number of Touareg and Malians refugees who fled their country because of battle.

At SOS Children’s Village Ouagadougou, 8 teenagers who reached the age of majority has been moved to the Youth Home this year by their SOS Mothers. During this year it’s quite possible that we admit about twenty in SOS Children’s Village Ouagadougou because the thirteenth home has started to receive its children. The number is one hundred twenty three (123) children with 61 boys and 62 girls. 

Today we can say that children’s health has much improved because the rules of bodily, environmental, clothing hygiene and the wearing of shoes are respected by most of the children in SOS Children’s Village Ouagadougou.

The school year 2011-2012 has allowed the sending of thirty six (36) children in SOS Nursery, seventy one (71) children in primary school, four (4) children in secondary school and one child in sewing class. Nine (9) children do not go to school, they are at home because they are too young. After the first and second terms assessments, the school results are globally satisfactory. More than 70% children among the primary school pupils got the average mark. Among the pupils who didn’t get the average mark, some efforts are undertaken to raise their level. Other pupils have special needs. They are monitored by specialists (psychologists and psychiatrists) at the medical level. Efforts are undertaken at all levels for their social and school integration.

To contribute to the blossoming and the well-being of the children in SOS Children’s Village a certain number of activities are led for them.

An entertaining trip took place on Saturday 25 February 2012 at Bangré-Wéogo Park (park of knowledge) of Ouagadougou with some children. This outing has permitted to the monitors and the children to exchange on their behaviour, that is to say the respect of the people responsible of their care, to give children rise to friendship, corporal, clothing, environmental hygiene and the respect of common good, and encourage them to make more efforts at school.

In the framework of children’s awakening and blossoming activities an entertainment trip has been organised with the following classes: fifth and sixth years in primary school and first second and third forms of secondary school. They went to the animal park of Ziniaré (department located 30 km from Ouagadougou). In this place the children could know animals like zebras, buffalos, turtles, elephants, monkeys, ostriches, hippopotamus… Many questions were asked to the guide by the children and they got satisfactory answers. Every child took some notes.

The theatre troupe of SOS Children’s Village is in full rehearsal with their director.  Exercises of placement on stage, pronunciation, dressing-up and many others are considered.

In order to make them feel like an artist, they went to CENASA to watch theatre play on Saturday March 31 2012. This outing motivated the children to make more effort during the rehearsal. They identified themselves with an artist at the end of the play.

During the year 2011-2012, the previous socio-educative activities are continuing: these are the carpentry, the sewing, gardening, soap making (liquid and solid) and juice making. These initiation activities take place once a week when the pupils are not going to school.

The family strengthening Ouagadougou supports 150 children coming from 45 families. During the first semester of the year 2012, the following activities have been achieved in the framework work of this programme.

For SOS Nursery, this period represents the last term of the present academic year. The children have already taken the good behaviour of the school and they are very regular. After the entertainment outing at FASO-PARC many walk classes have been organized among which visits to a farm, to the weaver, the tailor, the rail way station and the clinic.

SOS School Ouagadougou received 257 pupils this academic year with 136 girls and 121 boys. One hundred and nine children came from the SOS children’s village and the Family Strengthening, the other 148 pupils are from the surroundings. The school results of the first and the second term were satisfactory because 85.50% and 82.29 % of the pupils got the average mark.

The Youth Home assures to this day the accompaniment of the monitoring of 93 dependent youth and 21 are preparing to take their independence. Some activities have been organized by every educator to equip the youth with tools in order to improve their school results.

In conclusion, the village and the units are carrying on theirs activities with your appreciable support. 

SOS Children's Village Ouagadougou