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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!

A little Ivorian boy, very proud to show his gift to a friend

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.

At Christmas, thanks to your donations, Mrs. Koffi was able to offer a gift to every child

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.

The counsellors visit the families by walking through the neighbourhood.
Mrs. Koffi Anastasie, owner of Ste-Philomena school, pays a special visit to Koudougou, one of her pupils who is autistic. He is registered at the school but, due to the lack of a special educator whose services cannot be covered by the school, progresses slowly. He is a very nice boy who has been affected by malaria (you can see the fever sores on his lips). Mrs. Koffi also wanted to greet her mother, a fruit and vegetable seller.