To Cybercom and its employees, thank you for supporting the children in Gikongoro!
You contribute to 120 children of different ages having a safe home in the Gikongoro SOS Children's Village, Rwanda. This provides them with access to a school with professional and committed teachers, and they can engage in active leisure time with a children’s rights club and sporting activities.
Focus on children's rights
The Gikongoro SOS Children's Village has been home to 120 children during 2012. During the year, 18 young people moved into the youth accommodation, where they receive support and help to prepare for an independent life outside the Children's Village. The Children's Village has then been able to take in more children who need a new family – some of them from the local prison where they previously lived with their mothers.
The Children's Village has a children’s rights club, where children and young people meet and discuss their rights. They meet twice a year and bring forward proposals that form valuable input to the management of the Children's Village. The club is supported by the Children's Village and there are plans to develop the venture in the coming years.
Good performance in school
At the end of 2012, the primary school had 410 pupils, of which 80 live in the Children's Village. In the national exams, all students managed at least a pass and the school has good overall performance.
Regular efforts in training increase the motivation and commitment of teachers and, during the year, they were offered courses in English, grammar, ICT (Information and Communication Technology) and method development. When the local school authorities measured the results among schools in the district, the SOS school came in first place.
In addition to teaching, the school organises extracurricular activities. There is the opportunity to participate in football practice or basketball, and the SOS school’s ladies’ basketball team won the annual district championships. In collaboration with the World Vision organisation a singing competition was organised on the theme of sustainable peace. The children also work actively to raise awareness of children's rights and use poems, songs and theatre to spread information.
In the Children's Village and the school, the children get the care and the attention they need to lay the foundation for a secure and active life in the future. Thank you for joining us and contributing to our efforts to provide disadvantaged children with a second chance. Your support makes a big difference!
SOS Children's Villages
For over 60 years, SOS Children’s Villages has provided orphaned or abandoned children with a new home, a family and an education in one of our 500 Children’s Villages around the world. We also work to support vulnerable families so that children do not need to become orphaned or abandoned. SOS Children’s Villages is politically and religiously independent and is working to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.