The four former members of the group, in cooperation with their record company Polar Music and their music publishing house Union Songs, are giving a loving home to ten children by building a new house in SOS Children’s Village Bossangoa, currently under construction. When complete, the Village will have a total of 12 family houses which will provide a new home for 120 orphaned or abandoned children. The Village will also offer a nursery, a school, a medical centre and a social centre, all of which will be open to the wider community.
"SOS Children’s Villages have a very serious and long term approach that we were impressed by and we thought it would be fun to build a house in the village," said Bjorn Ulvaeus in an interview with the Swedish business web magazine di.se. Ulvaeus, along with Agnetha Faltskog, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad is one of four former members of the Swedish group which were formed in 1972. During the 1970s they became one of the most successful acts in the history of pop music, selling over 400 million records and topping the charts worldwide until their breakup in 1983.
"It’s fantastic that ABBA, Polar Music and Union Songs engage in our work," said Anna Ryott, Managing Director of SOS Children in Sweden. "Thanks to that we will be able to give more children in Central African Republic a loving home and a caring family."
Ulvaeus has never been to the Central African Republic, but the house that will be built has inspired him to find out more about the country and possibly visit the Village in the future. When asked why the members of ABBA opted to support the SOS Children's Village in Bossangoa, Mr Ulvaeus explained: "One has to be convinced that the money really is used for the purpose. That was what convinced us. This project will be a reality and it is concrete, it is not a lot of middle hands that take away some of the amount on the way."
SOS Children already have two SOS Children’s Villages in Central African Republic, in Bangui and Bouar. We also have one SOS Youth Home, two SOS Nurseries, two SOS Schools, two SOS Medical Centres and two SOS Social Centres. Find out more about our work in Central African Republic.