It is a pleasure once again for us update you on activities of SOS Children’s Villages Swaziland Nhlangano. January 2012 has been another start of a great year for SOS Children’s Village, Nhlangano Programme, as all the children and staff, especially mothers have been healthy and looking forward to implementing the national plan for the betterment of all children in our care. The implementation of the SOS Children’s Village Programme Policy has brought about a lot of positive change in the upbringing of the children and youth in terms of quality child care.
The programme has continued to respond to the needs of children as stated by the SOS Children’s Village Programme Policy through interventions such as care, health, education, advocacy,family and community empowerment and fundraising.
One hundred and forty seven children and youth under Family Based Care and five hundred and thirteen children under the Family strengthening Programme have continued to receive quality child care. SOS mothers and Caregivers were capacitated on quality child care as per the national plan. SOS Mothers, community caregivers and children were assisted to form support groups through a workshop. The aim of the groups is to, amongst others; create a space for peer to peer education and counselling on psycho-social issues. The Child Protection team has continued to attend to children’s concerns as per the Reporting and Responding procedures. Ongoing trainings on Child Protection for both children and caregivers have been taking place, with more emphasis on child participation. To enhance the quality of our work, a Quality Management Approach orientation workshop for staff and community volunteers was conducted. Under Family Based Care, children’s birthdays were observed and they always enjoy this important event in their lives.
The SOS Community clinic has continued to attend to the children and caregivers’ minor ailments. Referrals to other health centres have been made where necessary. The Nurse has been working with the Social Worker in making sure that children’s health needs are met at all times.
All school going children were enrolled at the beginning of the year and their academic performance is being monitored though the available structures in place. One hundred and eighty nine children within families of origin have been assisted with school uniforms. Two children from the village sat for the Ghana International College intake examinations. We are still waiting for the results. Thirty three youths from both SOS families and families of origin are enrolled at vocational and colleges for higher learning. The youths are involved in community service projects during school holidays and this helps them to acquire the needed skills for independent living. The nursery has a total of ninety nine children. These children are from SOS families and from the neighbouring communities.
Family development plan reviews have been conducted for families within two target communities to review progress towards self-reliance. Progress of families is also still reviewed through family visits and meetings. Memorandums of understanding have been signed with three community based organisations to formalise our partnerships in working with children and families. The programme management committees are still responsible for the day to day running of the programme.
Apart from donations in kind we received from our friends, fundraising activities that took place include selling cakes and tea during a parent’s meeting where a Nursery Parents Committee was selected. An Easter Bunny treasure hunt was held where children, parents and staff were involved. This event was also taken to Nsongweni Primary School.
So far the year has been good for Nhlangano Village and this is because of all your support. Until November this year, from us in the beautiful kingdom of Swaziland, we wish you a wonderful time ahead.
SOS Children's Village Nhlangano