Colorful sports day parade at the SOS Kindergarten
SOS Children’s Village Program at Fort Portal begun in 2008 with a community development program (known as Family Strengthening Program) that currently supports just above 800 children who are at risk of losing parental care. In 2010 started the construction of a Children’s Village that gives home to 12 families each consisting of 10 children. While under construction the children lived in a transitional home where they awaited the final move into the Children’s Village. It is such a delight to see how well the families have settled hence giving the children a sense of love, respect and security.
Most of the children living at the Children’s Village still attend kindergarten with a handful in elementary school. The kindergarten has not only become a place where they have fun, but they have also learned to read, write as well as speak English (on admission, all of them could only speak their native languages). Better command of the English language has significantly boosted the children’s self-esteem. “With the firm foundation that we have given these children; I am confident enough they will favorably compete with other children once they join elementary schools in the community!” commented the Headteacher.
We are happy to let you know that the kindergarten held it’s first ever sports day. Children showed talent in different sports activities including bottle filling, sack racing, parade, hoop race, painting race, short and long relay among others. One of the little boys displayed great leadership skills. He commanded the parade so well and even confidently guided the guest of honor during the parade inspection. The parents actively participated in cheering their children which made the day more enjoyable. Such sports activities contribute greatly to the children’s development and parents are very happy about it.
On a lighter note, when children are not at school, they engage in various activities which help them keep them occupied. Besides playing a variety of local games, they also help around their family houses (especially the older children) and have recently showed a lot of interest in agriculture following the rainy season. Each family house has a garden from which they harvest a variety of vegetables and other fresh supplies. Not only has this enabled them to reduce their fresh food budget but it has also greatly boosted the children’s nutrition.
Generally, the children are doing well and are currently looking forward to the festivities as we draw close to the end of the year. It always is an exciting time for them!
A family enjoys a boat ride during an outing