A Child being measured for height in Ghana
TwoTalk article by Oana from Romania, and Kiara in Ghana
- Kiara, SOS Children, Ghana
One of the traditions here at SOS International College is that the 11th grade class is expected to devise and accomplish a series of social outreach and fundraising activities during the year.
Thus far, the class of 2012 has helped complete the construction of two libraries, tutored children at a nearby public school, led a 10 kilometer fundraising walk, and they have organized a free “Health Day” for some of the poorest members of the Tema community.
This past weekend saw the culmination of the “Health Day” project. All members of the 11th grade class awoke at 5:30am on Saturday to prepare for the four-hour public service project. After arriving at the venue (a local school called Padmore), the students set-up height and weight measurement stations, welcomed local nurses and doctors who were volunteering their time, and began to greet people from the neighborhood. Once ready, the students registered over 100 participants, led seminars on sexual education and organized the paperwork for tests on diabetes and vision problems. Some of the most energetic members of the class gathered a huge group of youngsters together and danced, played games and told stories for over two hours.
It was a long, hot day – but the event was excellent. I was really proud to be a part of the SOS community this weekend!
- Oana, SOS Children, Romania
Today I will talk about an event that took place recently.
Mother’s Day is a very special day for everyone, but it has a special meaning for our children because of the opportunity for a normal family life, which our SOS mothers offer to them. Each year our children organize a party for their mothers, but this year we tried to make it even more special.
A part of the children from the “Independent life skills” program, had the idea to cook something for the mothers at this event. After a long discussion with them about what could be more appropriate to cook, considering the short time we have, the small place and the big number of children (16), we agreed to bake cakes. We split in 2 teams: the boys’ team will do the shopping (having a big list with ingredients, from the girls of course) and carrying the bags and the girls’ team offered to bake the cakes.
On March the 7th we were in the kitchen, ready to cook. We made 10 different types of cakes, like: tiramisu, chocolate cake, rolled cakes with whipped cream, chocolate and vanilla muffins, profiteroles and others. All the girls worked like some little ants trying to make everything just perfect. And they succeed in their endeavour.
When the mother’s day arrived, the children were ready to make an impression. They walked on the stage confident and happy to perform for their SOS mothers. They recited poems, they sang songs about mothers, they performed 3 beautiful dances and before the big sweet surprise they played a little movie made by them, with photos from their everyday life, in which they thanked the mothers for all the work and love they have raised them with. All the people in the room were touched and the mothers got misty eyes with emotions.
At the end of the party the surprise has arrived- the children entered the room with the cakes and served the mothers and the rest of the people with the sweets. Everyone was just thrilled and excited by the idea and by the effort the children had made. Mothers have gone home with tears in their eyes and being very proud of the children they have raised.