Since its creation in 1989, SOS Enfants Éthiopie began building the Toukoul Orphanage in Addis Ababa. Originally, the orphanage was planned to accommodate 50 children under the age of 6, but soon after, it accepted 60 older children. SOSEE was short on space; therefore, 2 houses were rented and were called Toukoul 2 and 3. These accommodated about 75 children and around 20 HIV-positive babies. Children grow up; therefore, we needed to find a new space to house them. Thus, SOSEE built facilities on land located in Burayou in order to accommodate hundreds of teens, and training workshops. In 2007, SOSEE expanded and began to care for children between the ages of 6 to 12 years; there are about 100 today. With the construction of the new orphanage in Gelan, SOSEE can now receive nearly 150 children aged 2 to 6 years as well as HIV-positive babies along with children with severe disabilities for whom the organization is permanently in charge of. Consequently, there are a total of nearly 250 children in the care of SOSEE. Today, the Toukoul Orphanage still continues to welcome and care for babies less than 2 years old for a total of 200 to 250 babies.

It is also important to understand that the mission of SOSEE has also developed throughout the country. There are now about 20 admission centers in almost all regions of Ethiopia. The admission centers are the places where the Ethiopian authorities go to place abandoned or orphaned children into the care of SOSEE personnel. In these facilities, children receive all necessary care: housing, food, medical care, and affection.


The Toukoul
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Admission centers

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The specialized building for the children with severe disabilities and HIV positive

A specialized building (700m²) is planned at the Gelan orphanage to better manage the HIV positive and mentally or physically handicapped children.

New orphanages in Arba Minch and Hawassa

Two new orphanages should emerge in Hawassa and Arba Minch to better accommodate the children from southern Ethiopia.

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