It was like Christmas in SOS Abomey, on Beninese soil. This Saturday, on March 9th, 2O13, the village was visited by Mrs. Dominique Ouattara, First Lady of Côte d'Ivoire, accompanied by Madame Chantal Yayi, First Lady of Benin. Braving the scorching heat, they came to bring smile and love to hundreds of children. Who in turn, welcomed them with joy and gladness. Flowers, hedge and songs for distinguished visitors. Along with the Beninese Minister of Family, Social Affairs, Solidarity, Disabled and third age persons, Madame Fatoumata Djibril and officials of SOS village of Abomey, distinguished guests went to the discovery of a witness villa with an evocative name: "Success". With the mother of the place, the guests discover the care process for children and especially their living conditions.
"At the SOS Children's Village of Abomey, you always dreamed of meeting the First Lady of Benin. (…) Today, it is done! She is not alone, since she came with the First Lady of Côte d'Ivoire. It is a great honor to have two great First Ladies that are the pride of the African continent through their big heart, their humanity, their commitment to reducing the suffering of the poorest, "said little Aurelie Adinsi, a third grade pupil on behalf of all residents. He added: "For all the children, we have cultural and religious freedom. The objective of the SOS Children's Village program is to enable children in difficulties to develop within a protective family environment"
Mrs. Dominique Ouattara expressed her joy to be among these residents, revealing this: "To be myself engaged in the care of vulnerable children through my foundation Children Of Africa, I know the difficulties inherent in humanitarian commitment. I also know all the happiness that we get thanks to a simple smile of a happy child and that’s our reward. "
The First Lady of Benin for her part urged the residents of the village to discipline and work.
Before leaving the village, the First Ladies have donated 10 tons of rice, 2 tons of corn, fans, oil cans, cartons of small ….. That snatched bursts of applause. In addition to these donations in-kind, the village received in cash $ 4 million CFA francs. It’s a visit, the staff and residents will not soon forget.
Every First Lady received a painting souvenir made in the artistic center of the village.