Ivory Coast, Africa
Ivory Coast – despite its former prosperity, half of all Ivorians face a life of poverty today. Many are chronically undernourished and life expectancy is only 58 years, while almost half the population is illiterate. During the recent civil war, as many as one million people were forced from their homes. Some stability has returned since a change of president in April 2011, but the situation remains tense. Allegations of human rights violations have been levelled against both present and former governments.
Children in Côte d'Ivoire
Infant mortality is shockingly high in Ivory Coast, while many children live without their parents and are forced to grow up on the street. Sexual exploitation, child labour and recruitment into gangs are all real dangers for these children. Another threat comes from both pro- and anti-government militias, which continue to exploit young children as child soldiers. Some armed groups have also been implicated in the sexual abuse of girls.
Our Children's Villages in Côte d'Ivoire
SOS Children’s Villages runs two communities in Côte d’Ivoire. Our very first Children’s Village on the African continent opened in Abobo-Gare in 1971 to care for orphaned and abandoned children. With poverty on the rise, we have extended our work in recent years, offering support to fragile families in the community.
Abobo Gare, Abidjan
Situated close to former Ivoirian capital Abidjan, Abobo-Gare was our first Village to open in Africa in 1971.
Our Village in Aboisso opened in 1983. A much smaller city of 43,000 inhabitants, Aboisso suffers from high levels of child abandonment due to a widespread cultural belief that the tenth child brings bad luck.
Our newest Children's Village in Côte d'Ivoire opened in Yamoussoukro in 2014.
SOS Villages d’Enfants Côte d’Ivoire
Rue des Jardins, Deux Plateaux
01 B.P. 6180
Tel: +225/22 44 13 84, +225/07 75 98 54
Fax: +225/244 90139