« The concept of creating a home for children was launched by the Children of Africa Foundation to provide assistance to orphaned and abandoned children in a family environment. For 15 years, this centre located at the heart of Abidjan in the area of Plateau has been welcoming orphans, abandoned girls and boys and children living in the street regardless of their ethnic or religious background. Considered as a halfway house, the children’s hut takes care of all the children by ensuring all the expenses concerning: food, lodging, mentoring, education and training. The overriding purpose is to give back children their dignity after several years of difficult situations and assist them to reintegrate into society and live a decent life.»
ACTIVITIES OF CHILDREN’HUT
About 60 children are housed permanently
The beautiful children’s hut located in the district of Abidjan, is a centre for children in need. The centre counts today 56 children including 26 girls and 30 boys. These children, mostly abandoned or living in difficult situations, receive help and assistance for their academic, social and educational development.
A unique place to protect orphans, abandoned and poor children or child victims of different forms of exploitation
The centre was created to welcome orphaned children and teenagers who have been abandoned or are victims of different forms of exploitation. The centre used to function as a boarding school and a day school. In fact, it welcomed not only poor children, but it opened its doors, every lunchtime, to other young people to allow them to eat. Between 2008 and 2009, under the direction of Mrs. Dominique Ouattara, the children’s hut became essentially a boarding school. The centre has started receiving girls between 2009 and 2010.
The supervision team is made up of professionals from education and health sector
During their stay in the centre the residents are assisted by a team composed of educational specialists and social workers. This team looks after the supervision, education and health of children. Health supervision is composed of a doctor and a nurse. Their mission is to ensure the cognitive, social and emotional development of the residents. The center offers its residents the opportunity to attend school. In addition, children practice recreational and sport activities on a daily basis to open their minds to the world. These are Nanbudo (Japanese martial art), talk-debates, drama, storytelling, quizzes (general knowledge contest), dance, recitals, drawing, artist visits and discoveries (zoo, ...)