, (name of an Ethiopian traditional house) began construction in 1989. The inauguration of the first part of the premises, prefabricated wooden building sent by the Passerelle Association, took place in 1990. Intended to accommodate about sixty babies and children less than 6 years old, it quickly expanded in order to accommodate, in containers rearranged for this purpose, fifty older children that the director of the Kidhane Meheret’s orphanage no longer wished to keep with them. In 1995, a permanent building (4 floors, totaling nearly 1100 m² ) was built on the same land of 4000 m², which will allow the "Toukoul" to accommodate up to 350 children less than 14 years of age. Older adolescents were referred to other facilities of the organization.
The Toukoul worked many years in synergy with other SOSEE’s orphanages :
Since the beginning of 2010, the new orphanage of « Soleil Matinal » in Gelan has welcomed children 2 to 6 years old, HIV-positive infants and children with severe disabilities. Thus, the Toukoul orphanage now houses only babies less than 2 years old coming from the 20 admission centers of SOSEE. The orphanage has undergone significant changes after the start of the orphanage in Gelan. The premises have been freed and restored to install sinks and dormitories. It also includes a new kitchen and a playground.
Mr Workeneh Abebe is the manager of this orphanage and has a performing team under his leadership. The aim is to save, help and improve the lives of orphans. The Toukoul orphanage employs 300 people, including 50 people for administration and 250 people who work with the babies. This large number of employees is necessary because these young children need special attention. Dr. Tsige Tilahun and Dr. Niyat follow closely the health conditions of each child and provide the necessary care. The Toukoul has an annual budget of 12 million birr ($725,000) which is funded primarily by associations and private donors.