Today we visited the SOS children village in Bahir Dar, we are welcomed by Biresaw Sime de program manager of SOS children villages.
We visit two locations; the first was a day care program. Children from poor families are taken care during the day so that the parents can work and earn some money, economically empowerment they called it. At the age of four, the kids sit in classrooms and are taught to read and write.
The second program they have here in Bahir Dar is the same as we have seen before; orphans carefully selected by the government are placed in a family structure with a mother who takes care of them 24 hours a day. The houses are clean and large, enough space for ten children, this is the maximum family size. There are twelve houses on the premises and a couple of school buildings where also children from town are being taught.
At the age of 16 the children leave the village and have to live on there own, although still supported by SOS with there finances and finding jobs.
Casper & Arnaud