Adrien C. Houandjinou lost his father when he was five years old. He was lucky because there were people who helped him in these days. Today he is in a position to give something back.
Adrien is passionate about soccer. Not only that he loves the game, but much more because he sees a huge opportunity in sports to get the kids off the street. That’s why he founded SEAM promotion. His vision is to support kids in a professional way to manage their daily lives, meaning going to school, having something to eat, playing soccer … They are allowed to stay and play at SEAM – if they go to school.
He does this with personal engagement, with partners in- and outside Benin. For example he is partnering with schools and universities in Benin. Right next to the SEAM is a school and a technical university. When the kids return from school around 2 pm they have lunch, break, they are doing their homework and every evening at 5.30 soccer training starts on a playground built by the kids themselves …
Here are some impressions …
Adrien and Tim in front of the SEAM entrance
team members with Adrien and his wife
Right now, Adrian is supporting 146 children.
They don’t live as comfortable as the kids in the SOS childrens village.
They for sure have less money than SOS …
But they do have their dream.
They are not alone. Theu live within their culture.
They have a place to sleep, they go to school and they have something to eat.
They are open !
And they are successful!
Some of the kids made it to the Benin national soccer team!
WE supported SEAM with 300 000 CHF (ca. 450 Euro) in cash.
Tim is trying to get sport clothes for them …
In addition to that here is what they are looking for:
– a bus for 30 people
– football shoes
– scoccer shirts and pants
– exchange programs with German soccer teams (online/offline)
– experienced trainers who come for while and teach them
– a website/blog