Children from our SOS Children’s Village Benguela in Angola recently had the opportunity to experience a voyage on the boat the Seven Seas, located in the port of Lobito, Angola. The visit was kindly arranged by our corporate partner, Subsea 7, a subsea engineering and construction company who already have a close association with the children of the SOS Village. The company sponsor all of the 10 children living in house number 10 in the SOS Children’s Village Benguela, as well as covering the entire annual running costs for the family home. Earlier this year, they also recruited two former SOS youths from the Village for a professional long-term career within the marine division of the company.
In November, representatives from the company took 12 children and an SOS mother from the Village on board their vessel. After a safety briefing and being kitted out in lifejackets, the children were split into two groups. The crew showed them around the bridge, the helideck, and the cabins and muster stations. After lunch, they visited the engine room and were given a guided tour of the control room by the company’s Angolan pilot, Delcio. They observed an ROV arm (remotely operated vehicle arm) crushing a can and placing it in a bucket. After photos on the forecourt, the group were taken back to the recreation room for a review of the day’s activities and the presentation of gifts by Subsea 7.
The children thoroughly enjoyed their exciting day out learning about the company’s operations on the Seven Seas. The visit further cemented the relationship between the company and the children of SOS Children’s Village Benguela.
SOS Children’s Village Benguela opened in 2005. There are 12 permanent family homes for 100 orphaned and abandoned children, many of them war orphans. There is also an SOS Nursery School for 100 children and an SOS Primary School for nearly 500 children.