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Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

A child sponsorship report from Bissau in Guinea-Bissau. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Dear sponsor,

In accordance with our usual practice, we want to share with you some information about the SOS Children Village that you have been long sponsoring.

SOS Children’s Village Bissau

In September 2011, 14 new children were admitted to the village, including five boys and nine girls aged 3yrs 6yrs. The village currently has 120 children. Also in September 2011, SOS youth were reintegrated into their families and SOS regularly monitors their studies, paying them a monthly stipend. They also benefit from medical checkups and visit the Village every month to receive educational counseling, and psychological and sexual education against infectious and transmittable diseases.

Youth home

The Youth Home has 52 children, of which 22 boys originating from Bissau Village and 30 Gabu Village due to the lack of a Youth home in the latter locality. These youths are aged 14-21 years and supervised by two youth leaders under the overall supervision of the Bissau Village Director.

Cultural and Programme Sport

From January to March 2012 Bissau Village carried out various activities under the implementation of its annual action plan.

A cultural and sports exchange involving SOS mothers, SOS aunts, and staff took place in Canchungo village to commemorate the national women’s day, January 30. SOS Canchungo’s children greeted their Bissau colleagues with dances and songs, in the company of their SOS mothers. Presentations of plays, poetry recitation, and city tours to Canchungo were organized and benefited from local radio coverage.

On 18 February our children participated in a carnival contest organized by AD – Association for Development – where we were runners and were as result awarded a prize.

Under our efforts to motivate youths who performed well in the first school term 2011/2012, our people organized last February our youths a picnic on the outskirts of Bissau and held a conference under the theme “Reflection on problems affecting youth”, with songs, dramatizations, the meeting ending with a social lunch.
March 8, International Women's Day, was celebrated in Bissau SOS Children's Village with the participation of SOS Mothers, aunts, teachers and SOS youths involving games, and reflections on the background of this day.

Twenty SOS Children attended the opening of an official match between the national football team and its counterpart from Cameroon as part of activities to promote the SOS image on February 29, 2012, upon invitation from Guinea-Bissau Football Federation, Also as part of partnership with PLAN.

SOS International Nursery School

Nursery children participated in several activities organized in their school namely Carnival in February 2012, taking part in a parade at  National Heroes’ Square in the company of other children in the capital.

SOS International Primary School

The 2011/2012 school year took place in a normal fashion, with most children obtaining satisfactory grades in both school terms and some students showing remarkable progress.  Catch up courses are being held on weekends to the benefit of the weakest students focusing on their weakest subjects.

SOS International Polytechnic High School

SOS children attend classes in various disciplines and performed satisfactorily in both school terms. For those with a very weak performance extra up courses are carried out according to the school curriculum in order to improve their performance.

Some of our children follow normal course in high school, others take courses in Administration, Public Health, Building and those who are in college taking courses in Medicine, Engineering and ITC. 

We wish you all the happiness with your family and hereby thank you also for your kind contribution for the Education of your sponsored child.

SOS Children's Village Guinea-Bissau