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Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Dassa Zoume, Benin

Child Sponsorship Report 2012, from Dassa Zoume, Benin

A child sponsorship report from Dassa Zoume in Benin. This charity report covers the first half of 2012.

Dear sponsors,

We feel an enormous pleasure to provide you with the latest news about the life of the SOS Children's Village Dassa-Zoumé.

At national level, about 280,000 orphans live in Benin, representing 7% of the total population. This proportion increases in parallel with the age of children from 2% for the 0 to 4 age group, 14% for the 15 to 17 age group. Projections of demographic trends suggest that there will be 311,267 orphans in Benin, in 2015.

Generally, these orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) have limited access to basic social services; they face this situation due to the lack of parental care. They are considered most vulnerable to abuse and economic shocks, and therefore deserve special care in terms of support depending on the vulnerability grid as defined by the Government. The number of children who are affected by HIV/AIDS was estimated to 35,569 in 2011, 11.5% of the total number of orphans in Benin.

This is the reason why a high number of interventions are daily addressed to SOS Children’s Villages Benin.

Currently, one hundred and twenty (120) children aged 0-15 years, including 56 girls and 64 boys live in SOS Children's Village Dassa-Zoumé. The number of children did not change between 2010 and 2011. During the ending of 2011, however, 13 new admissions were recorded as well as the transfer of twelve (12) children from the village to the youth home. Like in the past years, children in our care celebrated on last June 23rd, the International SOS Children's Villages Day. Songs, dances, speeches, lunch and a fair are the summary of the atmosphere that prevailed at the SOS Children's Village Dassa-Zoumé that day. Already at 8 am the tarps installed in the village square for the occasion were swamped with children. Children participating in the program for the families of origin, children participating in the SOS families program, children from the community, the SOS staff, students from the SOS school facilities, guests and community members happily occupied seats. The festivities started with a choreography performed by the cultural dance group of the village which was profusely applauded. The correctness of movements and timing of the action really amazed the audience.

Following this brilliant performance it was the turn of the students of the SOS Primary School to perform a ballet before the public. Under the rhythm of drums, the children sketched traditional dance steps highly appreciated by the public. The wonder was at its peak with the arrival of pupils from SOS nursery on the podium. They performed a fashion show followed by an interpretation of songs.

Thank you very much for all your support without which we could not achieve our goals. Thanks to your financial contribution, a large number of children without parental care and those who are at risk of losing it, find the love, security and respect in a family.

SOS Children's Villages Dassa-Zoume