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We are very pleased to give you the latest information on the SOS Children's Village Natitingou.
On 28 February 2010, Benin our country commemorated the twentieth anniversary of the National Conference which led to the advent of a new system of governance. After twenty years of democracy, the results are mixed. Politically, despite some difficulties related to conflicts of interest between different political clans, democracy is a reality in Benin; the human rights are respected, including freedom of expression and Association. After a year under the government's decision to free caesarean section and care for children 0-5 years old, the results are quite satisfactory, the decline in death rates pre and post natal and post neonatal is the proof thereof.
On the social front, despite government efforts, there is a social crisis in the country. It manifests itself by union movements that seek improvement of living conditions of workers before the end of the current president's term. Indeed, Boni Yayi is considered by many of his countrymen as the most generous President our country has ever experienced; that is why everyone wants to take full advantage of this generosity before the end of his term in April 2011. From the economic perspective, Benin may face difficult times due to the energy crisis and rising food prices currently affecting countries in our sub-region.
93 children live in the SOS Children's Village Natitingou today, including 10 newly admitted children and 19 young people in youth homes. There was a change of directors for the village and the SOS School.
A story we would like to share with you concerns a child who lost his parents within a two-month time after his birth. He was assigned to his grandmother in his home village. She fed him with only porridge made up of corn and millet cereal. A few weeks later, he began to suffer from severe malnutrition and would probably die. Thanks to the prompt intervention of Social Service of SOS Children's Village Natitingou, he is alive today. Before his admission into the village, he was accommodated in a feeding centre. There, he underwent an intensive treatment at the hospital of Tanguieta before finally being admitted to SOS Children's Village Natitingou. Today he has become a very handsome boy and blossoms fully in the village.
Your sponsorship is the guarantee of the continuity of our actions in taking care of the children in need of our country and their protection against suffering and abandonment. We thank you from the bottom of our heart and wish all were well with you and your family. Kind regards from all the children in our care.
SOS Children's Village Natitingou,