January to March 2014 Report – Keep 100 Moroccan Children away from abandonment.
During the last trimester, our new program coordinator has been visiting the families to know them better, understand their needs and establish the Family Development Plan. Different activities have been carried out:
On the occasion of the New Year Amazigh, a solidarity campaign has been organized by the children of Herman Gmeiner school to the benefit of the mothers and the children of our program. They collected lots of toys and school supplies that have been distributed to the families.
Many thanks to all of you helping us continuously in bringing hope to these families!
October to December2013 Report – Keep 100 Moroccan Children away from abandonment.
During the last trimester, the children andyouths from our Family Strengthening program in Imzouren started the newacademic year and some of them, who were in strategic orientation school years,participated in November to the 1st orientation workshop in order tohelp them choose their future studies and carriers. They participated also inbuilding the strategy of school support with the Children’s Village.
The last months, we have been working with the45 families and 103 children and youths that we are currently supporting onbringing awareness about the protection of children against violence. Togetherwith a specialized organization, the mothers from single families have beentrained in order to understand the preventive program that would be done withtheir children so that they can realize the importance of this program, theprofile of the abusive persons and the negative effects of such behaviour onchildren. Then they have been introduced to the importance of the mother’s rolein the prevention of children towards abusive behaviour. After these workshopswith the mothers, we started the workshops with the children so that they getawareness about their rights and the importance of being respected. They havebeen trained on how to recognize abusive behaviour, how to prevent themselvesfrom being in such situations and how to react in such situations.
Regarding the training of the mothers, they subscribedto different trainings according to their choices (sewing, cooking and bakingand traditional soap manufacturing). Training started and everything is goingwell so far.Several celebrations took place this trimester,being the occasion to give moments of joy to the children and their mothers. Onthe occasion of Aïd celebration, a food basket has been distributed to thefamilies allowing them to prepare the traditional meals. For the new year’scelebration, the children from Hermann Gmeiner school and kindergarten havebeen participating to a party with different activities, and especially henna workshop!Achoura was also a nice occasion to celebrate altogether and a big solidarity campaignwas organized while the children from the school were collecting clothes forchildren in needs.
We thank all of you so much for helping uscontinuously in bringing these families to autonomy so that the children can staywith their mothers!
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.
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