Child Sponsorship Background from Dassa-Zoume, Benin

SOS Nursery School Dassa-Zoume Benin

SOS Children's Village Dassa-Zoume

SOS Children's Village Dassa-Zoumé was built from 2003 to 2005, on a plot of land that was provided by the Benin authorities. It has twelve family houses which can accommodate up to 120 children, an administration building, a director's house, two houses for people who help the families as well as other staff, a multi-purpose room, a community centre and a house for visitors who come from outside the organization.

Other SOS Projects in Dassa-Zoume

The SOS Nursery was built within the village, as were the school and the social centre, and its facilities are available not only for the use of children from the village, but also those from the neighbouring villages. It has a capacity of 50 children. It has two classrooms and adjoining rooms that are used for storing food and staff administration. There is also a kitchen and sanitary facilities. The SOS School has six classrooms, an administration building, a class for children with learning difficulties, a canteen and different workshops for practical activities. At present, it can accept up to 210 children.

An SOS Social Centre was finally built to offer the local people and people from the neighbourhood family support, effective medical care and also to promote various preventive measures (such as awareness of the HIV virus). It consists of two classrooms, a multi-purpose room, an administrative block and it has an examination room, a treatment room, an analysis laboratory, a dispensary, a sterile room and a reception and administration block to provide medical care. Around 12,000 people a year can be seen and treated there.

Background to Dassa-Zoume

Dassa Zoume is a city in Benin, with a population nearing 100,000.  The city itself is popular with tourists due to its panoramic views.  The town has a relatively poor infrastructure and few institutions to care for children and provide community support.