Distinction of SOS mothers and award of the Dare4Care prize

06 Aug 2018
From July 28th to August 1st, 2018, the President of SOS Kinderdorf International Siddhartha Kaul has visited SOS Children's Villages Benin. During his stay, he visited some families of the programs and the SOS Children's Village Dassa-Zoumé. He then awarded the Dare4Care prize to the SOS Children's Village Abomey-Calavi before honoring SOS mothers who have been at least ten years as SOS mothers. He himself was granted the medal of Benin National Order of Merit.
SOS Children's Villages Benin has been honored by the visit of President Siddhartha Kaul of SOS Kinderdorf International. During his stay, he has sought to understand what is being done in SOS families and families in the community supported by the Family Strengthening Program. He also visited SOS Children's Village Dassa-Zoumé. In his agenda, he had to hand over the certificate and ring to SOS mothers who have worked as SOS mothers for at least ten years. On this occasion, those of Natitingou, Dassa-Zoumé, and Abomey-Calavi who are concerned were all present.

In the afternoon of this Tuesday the 31st of july, several personalities including two Ministers of the Government of Benin namely the Minister of Maternal and Primary Education, Mr. Salimane Karimou and the Minister of Social Affairs, Mrs. Bintou Chabi Adam Taro took part to the ceremony of certificate and ring awarding to the SOS mothers. The special secretary of the Head Of District of Atlantic, and Mr. Pierre Badet representing the Grand Chancellor of the National Order were also taking part in the event.

To start with, the National Director of SOS Children's Villages Benin, Mr. Salimane Issifou has taken the floor to thank the authorities and the guests as well as President Siddhartha Kaul, before making a brief history of SOS Children's Villages Benin, which has directly impacted 2114 children and young people with its main program. Talking about the signification of the ceremony to be held, he reminded the role of SOS mothers in fulfilling the goals of the organization. “Mothers have the responsibility to follow the children they care for on a daily basis. Today, they will receive the ring of merit after at least ten years of sacrifices for their children” he said, adding that the SOS Children’s Village of Abomey-Calavi would also be granted of the Dare4Care 1st prize.

On his side, President Siddhartha Kaul has expressed his great satisfaction and joy to be in Benin: “SOS Children's Villages Benin has demonstrated that old methods can be used in a modern way. This ability to do quality work entitles you to the certificate you will receive today” he said after thanking SOS Children’s Villages Benin for the warm welcome and hospitality he received.

Then, the Minister of Social Affairs talking on behalf of the President of the Republic and the Government of Benin has thanked President Siddhartha Kaul for his visit and SOS Children's Villages for their commitment with the government of Benin, for children. “SOS Children's Villages Benin does a lot about the quality care of children who are in need,” Mrs. Bintou Chabi Adam Taro said. Then she added, addressing SOS mothers: “you have given maternal love to children and have contributed to their well-being. Some of them who have become young people are gradually reintegrating into the community. Also, your commitment to the fight for the protection of children is to be welcomed.”

The ceremony continued with the wearing of the medal of the National Order of Merit to President Siddhartha Kaul by the representative of the great Chancellor Mr. Badet. It was punctuated with different choreographies and plays by students from Hermann Gmeiner Arts secondary school and ended in joy and satisfaction of all the participants.


Our programmes in Abomey-Calavi, Dassa-Zoumé and Natitingou in Benin enable us to fulfil the rights of thousands of children. SOS Children’s Villages Benin is a member of Children's Villages International, operational in 133 countries and territories.