Newborn David was abandoned in a public toilet
David was just days old when he was rescued from a public toilet in Yamoussoukro, on the Ivory Coast. He was found covered in worms and faeces. The worms had caused a severe eye infection that almost cost David his sight.
When David first came to live with his new SOS family he was badly traumatised by his early experience - he was too calm for a child his age, rarely cried, and always kept his eyes closed.
But with the care of his SOS family, and professional psycho-social support, he soon integrated into his new family and learned to speak, sing and dance. His health improved and he quickly put on weight.
Now four years old, David is thriving. He is a happy and curious child who likes to follow his older brothers and sisters around, imitating what they do and say.
*David's name has been changed to protect his privacy