SOS Children's Villages Haiti opens third Children's Village
Five years after devastating earthquake, SOS Children’s Villages to inaugurate new Children’s Village in Les Cayes, Haiti.
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22 December 2014 - On 10 January 2015 SOS Children’s Villages is set to inaugurate a new Children’s Village in Les Cayes, in the south of Haiti, five years after a devastating earthquake killed 200,000 people on the island.
SOS Children’s Villages International COO Hanne Rasmussen will attend the inauguration, along with representatives of donors, governments, and partner NGOs. Ms Rasmussen said: “The completion of this new SOS Children’s Village underscores our organisation’s long-term commitment to the social development of Haiti, five years after the devastating earthquake. Most importantly, it illustrates the core value of SOS Children’s Villages: an unwavering commitment to providing vulnerable children with a loving home. We’re very grateful to the many donors and partners, including the government of Haiti, who have helped us make this Children’s Village a reality.”
Seven houses in the new Children’s Village have already been hosting as many families since September 2014. They moved in from the rented houses they had been living in. A further seven houses in the new village are to be filled before the end of year.
Engineers have been putting the finishing touches on the village.
Construction of the new Children’s Village began at the end of December 2012, and the ‘laying-of-the-first-stone’ ceremony was held on 11 March 2013.
Oliver Thomas Jünger, the First Assistant of the German Ambassador to Haiti, was in attendance representing both his government and the governments of different donors.
The Children’s Village will include 14 family houses, an administration area, a house for the SOS ‘aunts’ [who help look after the children] and another for visitors. Situated on a large plot of land covering almost 26,000 m2, the village offers the children living there ample recreational space.
The Children’s Village counts 63 children who receive loving care from 13 SOS aunts. The staff also comprise social workers, two family facilitators, one child development assistant, and one administrative secretary, who support Village Director Volny Etienne.
The project was made possible thanks to funds from various donors, and the support of SOS Children’s Villages member associations from Sweden, Germany, Norway, France, Austria, USA, Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
The SOS Children’s Villages Emergency Programme for Haiti, launched after the earthquake, comprises a series of construction, reconstruction and renovation projects. The organisation has made significant investment in the country’s educational system, with the construction or renovation of eight schools.
About SOS Children's Villages
SOS Children's Villages is the largest non-governmental organisation focused on supporting children without parental care and families at risk. The organisation was founded in 1949. Today it is active in 134 countries and territories and runs more than 2,300 programmes reaching more than a million children and adults. SOS Children's Villages adheres to the principle that every child grows best in a family environment, with loving parents or caregivers, living together with their siblings, in a place they can call home. SOS Children's Villages works with communities, local partners and authorities to support disadvantaged families, thus preventing family breakdown. When necessary and when it is deemed to be in the child's best interests, there is the option for children to grow up in a foster family or in an SOS Children's Villages family. SOS Children's Villages also aims to influence decision-makers to make changes in policies and practices in order to promote the well-being of children, especially of those without parental care. More information on SOS Children's Villages can be found at www.sos-childrensvillages.org.
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