Shortly before the end of 2012, SOS Children’s Village Fort Portal celebrated yet another milestone. The Medical Centre officially begun operating and the services are also open to the surrounding community. With this development, the health standards in the community will be greatly boosted. In the meantime, besides enjoying the comfort of a loving home, the children continue to develop physically, emotionally and socially. During the recently concluded long school break, they were involved in doing a lot of handiwork. Their mothers taught them how to bake cookies and cakes, cook a variety of local dishes and making simple art and craft pieces. These skills are considered important for children especially for the future when they will start living an independent life.
As regards education, last December, the kindergarten held a send-off ceremony for those who had completedthe highest level and were ready to move on to primary (elementary) school. The children were filled with excitement. Their performance last year was quite encouraging as many ended up being promoted to the next class. The number of children in elementary school has gone up to slightly above 40. On the other hand, the kindergarten admitted 25 more children for the kindergarten one class and classes have already kicked off. Their transition from home to school is so far promising.
On another note, during the send-off ceremony at the kindergarten, a mini cultural gala was held. The children showcased outfits representing different African countries in existence. It was a very colorful occasion and the parents were impressed by the children’s confidence and vigor while they did the walk. This activity not only contributed to the children’s development but also sharpened their creativity and imagination.
Generally, the children continue to do well while they enjoy their usual games and company of their loving mothers. Now that the family houses were given television sets, in the evenings, children are often seen glued to the elevision sets while they watch their favorite cartoons.
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