Many thanks to our generous benefactors who provided Christmas treats to more than 100 children from impoverished families. Despite a global pandemic, you helped over fifty families celebrate a festive Christmas, something they could not otherwise have done.
Baskets containing food items such as rice, sugar, canned goods, a large chicken and sweets as well as suitable childrens’ toys were given to families in the poor neighbourhoods of Abobo and Cocody.
Some heads of families even took the time to communicate with those in charge to express the joy their children felt when they received their toy!
Christmas Party at Saint Philomena School
This school has about 80 students. Mrs. Koffi Anastasie, who is involved in the “Programme to fight against child malnutrition”, set up this school to ensure the schooling of poor children in her neighborhood. In Côte d’Ivoire, in theory, primary education is compulsory and free but, in practice, transport and food costs often deprive parents from offering an education to their children. To reverse this situation, Mrs. Koffi asks parents for only a token sum at the beginning of the school year and, with the help of good people, assumes the other costs for these pupils.
Visit to the families of the students of the school of Saint Philomena who could not come to the party
Once the party was over, the student-teachers of Marahoué, accompanied by Mrs. Koffi (who knows where each family lives), set off on foot with backpacks full of biscuits, sweets and toys and handed over the long-awaited surprises to the children who had not been able to attend the party.