Rescued From a Public Toilet

Friday, March 31, 2017

Eight-month-old baby David* was found in a public toilet, in Yamoussoukro, Cote D'Ivoire.  A passer-by saw the young boy alone and notified the fire brigade. A rescue team from the brigade took the child to a public hospital where he was cared for and treated for infection.

David with his SOS mother and brother
David with his SOS mother and brother. Photo: SOS Archives

Finding David a Home

The paediatrician who took care of little David at the hospital contacted the SOS family program in Yamoussoukro—asking whether the child could be given a home. After one week at the hospital, he was admitted into a short-term home, which is run by the SOS family program.

“When I held David in my arms for the first time, I had no idea what he had experienced before. I found him too calm for a baby of his age. He kept his eyes closed all the time. He almost never complained [of anything] except when he was hungry,” said Germaine Yokoli, the child’s SOS mother.

David with his older SOS brother
Little David with his SOS brother. Photo: SOS Archives


David’s infection has healed and he has fully recovered. His SOS mother says David is doing very well. He has grown healthy and plays a lot.

 “He also sees well. He has a good appetite and has gained weight. His biological family has not yet been identified. He is still in the transit house. The director of the SOS family program in Yamoussoukro has expressed his desire to admit David into an SOS family,” explained Gisèle Nzickonang, communication and fundraising advisor for SOS Children’s Villages Cote d’Ivoire.

David with his SOS sister
David playing with his SOS sister. Photo: SOS Archives

A Heroic Name

“We decided to name him David, the heroic character in the bible because he was coming from far, considering the condition in which he was found. I decided to give David all the love that a mother is able to give. He is a smiling and cute boy,” stated Ms Yokoli.

She likes to see David happy and wants him to grow in a family environment in which he feels loved, protected and where his rights are respected.

Now, a year or so later, David has been welcomed with open arms into his new SOS family at the Children's Village in Yamoussoukro in Cote D'Ivoire.

The little boy is as cute and as happy as a little boy can be. 

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*Child’s name changed for privacy reasons.

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