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Adjoké

Adjoké

Name: Adjoké
Gender: Female
Birthday: August 15, 1999
Origin: Sanrinkpinlé
Arrived at orphanage: May 4, 2009
Grade: 8th

Social Background:
Adjoké still has both her parents. They are both from Sanrinkpinlé, a village not far from Sakété. The parents moved to Nigeria when Adjoké and her younger sister Rosaline were still small. Both sisters started school in Nigeria. The two younger boys were both born in Nigeria. When Adjoké’s father lost his job, he decided to come back to his village with the two girls. His wife stayed in Nigeria since she had a good job as a house help. The father, however, left the girls with his relatives and immigrated to Ivory Coast. When one day their mother came back to visit with her daughters, she didn’t find them. Her husband’s relatives refused to tell her where she could find them. The family even threatened the Social Services when they came to intervene. This is when the Police was asked to help out. It was found out that both girls had been sent away to the big city, Cotonou, and forced to work there. This happened when they were 11 and 8 years old. The police had to threaten the uncle in charge with prison before he brought the girls back to Sakété. It wasn’t possible for the mother to take the girls to Nigeria with her, and they couldn’t stay with this family either or they would most likely be forced to work again, and not attend school. The NGO was asked to help out and to admit them to the orphanage. The mother entrusted the provisory care of the girls to Arbre de vie, and both, Adjokè and Rosaline joined the Yedidja family in May 2009.

Current Situation:
Though Adjoké had attended school in Nigeria, when came to the orphanage, she didn’t speak French since she hadn’t been to French school. She had to start school from scratch. She is now in 3rd grade, speaks French well and is the head of her class every year. She has some difficulties socially since the other children her age are already so much further ahead of her in school. Adjoké likes to work in the kitchen with the cooks and never complains. Like all the other children at the orphanage, Adjoké attends an evangelical church in Sakété. She has said that she wants to be a policewoman when she grows up.