On Friday, February 28, 2020, the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research, headed by its Secretary General, Professor Jean-Noël LOUCOU, proceeded to the handover of an amount of 2 million CFA francs to the Mié N’Gou Functional Rehabilitation Center in Yamoussoukro, thanks to the financial support of the National Lottery of Côte d’Ivoire LONACI. This grant will enable the center, established by President Félix Houphouët-Boigny in 1978, to carry out the most urgent rehabilitation work on its buildings. This social action aims at perpetuating the work of the Apostle of Peace.
In her welcome address, Sister Joséphine AGNÈS, on behalf of the Mié-N’Gou Centre, thanked LONACI and the FHB Foundation for the special attention they have given to “their house” run by the Congregation of Our Lady of Peace since 2000. Also, she did not fail to make the history of this center which was planned since its creation to accommodate the most disadvantaged populations, namely blind people, beggars and the disabled in the city of Yamoussoukro in charge of the “supporter of dialogue”. She said that between 2002 and 2007, at the height of the military-political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, the centre received nearly 1,000 displaced persons from various parts of the country, thus exceeding its actual capacity of 250 places. She went on to say that since 2007, people suffering from strokes, accidents, motor and physical disabilities and children with cerebral palsy (CP) have been received by the volunteer staff. She concluded her remarks by presenting the problems that the centre faces, the most important of which are the dilapidated buildings as a whole.