In September 2013, in our Family StrengtheningProgram in Imzouren, we are supporting 45 families including 103 children,giving them the chance to break the circle of poverty. We are firmly convincedthat the best place for a child is beside his mother and we believe strongly inour program, which aims at preventing children’s abandonment by providing daycare and vocational training to single-parent families.
After all this year of hard work at school, thechildren participated to the holiday program with the children of SOSChildren’s Village. 12 of them had the chance to leave to Imouzzer Kandar forvacation, due to the gift of a generous sponsor. They really enjoyed the fabulous moments theyshared on this occasion, which gave them new friends to play with!
Further to the 2 months holidays, the newacademic year started and 6 children of the Family Strengthening Program arestudying in our Herman Gmeiner school and 2 children in our Kindergarten. Theother children are studying now in public schools. This is due to thedifficulties we are encountering with the crisis to finance our Herman Gmeinerschool. Today, we cannot offer to take the children from the FamilyStrengthening Program for free in our schools.
Last year, we noticed that the children fromthe Family Strengthening Program who were studying in public schools had gotlow results, even despite the after school support we offered them. Thereforewe are planning to intensify our efforts, trying also to get transportation forthe children to attend the after school support. In order to give the childrenand youths the best chances to success in their studies, we have requested asupport from the Education Ministry and a project is under studying.
Regarding the training of the mothers, themunicipality gave us the opportunity to set up 3 workshops in a reception centrein order to install the sewing and baking machines, as well as the soapmanufacturing materials. The training of the mothers will begin at the end ofSeptember.
We are thanking you so much for your support,which helps us give these children and their mothers the best chances to gettheir autonomy!
When evaluating the school results this trimester, we have been aware that 15 youths had decided to quit school,explaining that they had difficulties to keep on studying due to their poverty and to their school difficulties. We have been gathering this group of youths altogether with their mothers in order to orientate them towards vocationaltraining, organizing a visit to the local orientation center and finally 12 youths were orientated towards vocational training.
In April, we had the visit of a doctor in the SOS school and the SOS Children’s Village at the occasion of the International Day. Therefore, the children and the mothers from our program who had some needs have been making a check-up.
We have been also proceeding to our annual auto-evaluation of the program, discussing with the mothers, the children and youths and our local partners in order to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the program in order to make it more performing.
During the spring holidays, our youths participated to various activities organized in our SOS Children’s Village bythe educators and teachers and some of them participated to a language camp in Al Hoceima with the youths from other schools from the region, opening them to the community. We have been celebrating also our Family Day in May and this has been a wonderful occasion to spend time together sharing funny activities!
After a long academic year working hardly, all the children are now preparing the End of Year show that promises to be again the occasion to share good moments and show their talents of actors! Theater activities are a good mean to raise awareness and the children are very proud to participate in the shows, chorales and comic shows!
Thanks a lot to all of you, who allow the 120 children of our program and their mothers to keep on building themselves a better future!
January to March 2013Report – Keep 100 Moroccan Children away from abandonment.
The beginning of year 2013 was the occasion toconcentrate on health right and we started with a medical check-up for 40children, with their mothers involved also in the program and benefiting frommedical visits and medicine donations, as well as dental and hygiene awareness.We also accompanied the children who were having dental problems and had to betreated. Lately, we signed some agreement with the Health delegation in orderto deal with doctors and specialists for the families supported by SOS Children’sVillage. After that, a speech therapist started to work with the children.
Regarding education, the youths attended their2nd counseling workshop end of January, with activities aroundschool orientation. In that occasion, a workshop around job research tools hasbeen organized by the ANAPEC in Al Hoceima. A site visit was also planned andthe youths were really happy to visit Marjane store and discover the differentjobs offered by the supermarket.
After having received informal education in ourSOS Children’s Village, one young girl from our Family Strengthening Program,Iman, was reintegrated into a primary school from the community whilebenefiting from the school transportation. What a joy for us to see her smileafter all these years…
In the occasion of the Amazigh new year,different activities have been organized in collaboration with localassociations: evening party, football tournament, cooperatives visits. Allthese gatherings made the children and their mothers really happy to share goodmoments together and all this joy helps us keep in mind why we are doing allthat.
A big thank you to all of you, generousdonators, who help us day after day in giving 120 children and their mothersthe chance to change their lives.
Winter Report – Keep 100 Moroccan Children away from abandonment.
Our project kept going on during the last three months with the children getting involved in the new academic year. This first trimester was the occasion for them to attend the 1st counselling workshop, which gave them the occasion to discover the different jobs possibilities. During the academic year, the children will have the opportunity to attend 3 successive counselling workshops giving them tools to choose their future professional activity.
In the meantime, their mothers have been involved in the different training sessions (hairdressing, dressmaking and baking) and 12 of them have chosen to start with our new soap manufacturing training session. Our soap cooperative project has well progressed during the past months with the 1st training session organized by our Family Strengthening Program Coordinator in Imzouren. Our 12 volunteers have been manufacturing their 1st soaps made of recycled vegetal oils giving a step forward to this social and environmental great project!
We would like also to congratulate Naoual, 13 years old, a beneficiary from our Family Strengthening Program in Imzouren and pupil in our Hermann Gmeiner School, for having participated in many athletics tournaments and having won several gold medals and other trophies!
Thanks again to all our generous sponsors that keep on helping our Association in giving 120 children and their mothers the chance to break the circle of poverty.
The end of the academic year was a great period for our project since the children were rewarded of their efforts of the whole year by getting really good results at school: the rate of success of the children, which were attending primary and secondary schools, reached 98%! Seeing them get the benefits of their hard work made us really happy of what we do to give them a better future!
During the summer months, we managed to send a few of them on a summer camp, but we would like to do so much more…
In September, we have been able to admit some more children and their mothers in our program, which supports now 120 children and 56 single mothers. The mothers are involved in different training sessions in hairdressing, dressmaking and our new baking session.
We are also currently working on the creation of a soap cooperative, which should be starting its activity in October. Based on the fabrication and sale of soaps manufactured with recycled vegetal oils, this initiative will also help the mothers in increasing their revenue and by consequence in taking care of their children by their own.
Thank you again for your support on this program, which gives the chance to 120 children and their mothers to stay together while building themselves a better future.
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