The First Lady, Dominique Ouattara has inaugurated the Soubré reception center for children in distress. The inauguration ceremony took place at the center on Thursday, June 07, 2018, in the presence of Mr. Jean-Claude Kouassi, Minister of Employment and Social Protection, Chairman of the Interministerial Committee for the fight against trafficking, exploitation and child labour (CIM), Mrs Mariatou Koné, Minister of Family, Child Protection and Solidarity and Vice-President of the CIM, representatives of the institutions and NGOs engaged in the fight against child labour, and the people of Soubré.
Built by the Children of Africa Foundation, this center is the first of three (03) centers that Mrs. Dominique Ouattara's NGO has planned to build in Soubré, Bouaké and Ferkéssédougou. Its implementation provides an adequate response to lack of a transit and supervision center for child victims of trafficking and exploitation in Côte d'Ivoire before they join back their family. It is now possible to properly take care of children rescued from the hands of traffickers.
This first reception center for child victims of trafficking and exploitation of Soubré is a good opportunity to efficiently fight against child labour in cocoa production area. It also shows the commitment of Mrs. Dominique Ouattara to protect children’s rights and improve their living conditions.
During her speech, Mrs. Dominique Ouattara, President of Children of Africa Foundation, took the opportunity to highlight the measures taken for the remediation of child trafficking, exploitation and child labour. The President of the CNS also highlighted the importance and the positive impact of this reception center on the fight against the worst forms of child labour.
"We also looked at protection and assistance, which is another important focus. Indeed, it was essential to be able to safely take care of children who had been trafficked and exploited once they had been snatched from traffickers. To achieve our objective we needed to build a reception center which is in line with children social reintegration and care. That approach seeks to promote children’s psychological stability and their reintegration into the family unit, "she said. In addition, the First Lady has appealed to partners committed to the fight against child labour to accelerate the fight against this phenomenon. "No sacrifice is too big For the well-being and fulfillment of our children, so I would like to solemnly call on all our partners to further their efforts for the elimination of the worst forms of child labour in our country, , "she said. For the wife of the Head of State, this means improving access to school for all children living in Côte d'Ivoire and improving the living conditions of farmers.
The Children's Reception Center of Soubré for children in distress was built on a plot of one hectare. It offers a capacity of 64 beds in total, two dormitories of 32 beds for girls, and two dormitories of 32 beds for boys. It also has executive offices, a health center, as well as several classrooms for training. The children also have a multimedia room, a library, a canteen, a multipurpose room and a sports field. The ceremony ended with a guided tour of the center.