The first children’s village in the Gironde welcomes the siblings

This is the first time in the Gironde and even in Aquitaine. The Gironde County Council just opened a village for “hired” children and teens. Nine homes can accommodate siblings in a homely atmosphere. Every day, an entire team strives to help these young minors rediscover a child’s life despite the painful stories.

They are approximately 12,000 children and adolescents under the responsibility of the department, including 5,800 separated from their parents. This may be due to the inability of either of them to take care of him (failure, health problems, responsibility) or because the family environment is harmful to the child. They are then taken care of by the society to protect them and allow them to grow up peacefully by pursuing education.

They are sometimes placed in foster homes or families or when the temple is present, in children’s villages to receive brothers and sisters.

On May 24, there were a lot of people around the opening of this village, about Jean-Luc Glezy, head of the Gironde department, and Pierre Lecomte, president of Fondation Action Enfance. It must be said that this project was very predictable and lacked the system to accommodate the children present in the Gironde.

Housed in model homes on the site, Business Time, 54 children were able to invest in their “home”, one of nine built on the site, just before Christmas. It is quite emblematic of those children who therefore find a family environment with the help of teachers and the whole structure run by Action Enfance, which has been supporting the project since 2017.

The new Sablons Children and Adolescent Village welcomes 54 children aged 2½ to 17 years, including 22 siblings, into an environment designed to adapt to their needs, promote their appropriate development and facilitate the work of the family educators around them. them on a daily basis.

The nine neighboring houses house children, teenagers and educators for their families. During the day, two teachers work on site, and also rest at night. Thus, the child maintains a reference with those adults who provide for the smooth running of the home, whether it is about chores, helping with homework, or listening attentively and coping with those children who have occasionally experienced trauma.

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The first children’s village in the Gironde



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These homes are arranged between communal living spaces, places of rest and privacy for children, as well as a central and unifying green space. In this reassuring setting, teachers have all the facilities that allow them to provide professionalism and affection in the daily lives of children.

Louise Guerin is a teacher after training as a social worker. She has worked for two years in this children’s village system and takes her role very seriously. In one of the Nine Houses, she was one of the “Columns”, one of the four teachers who are currently responsible for six children from four different siblings*.

Describes the kitchen area, the living room where you can watch TV, read books, or play, the office area, the bedrooms or the kitchen area:We are dedicated to cooking for kids “good little dishes”.

She explains that this business involves a professional and emotional investment. It’s also a difficult pace to balance with personal life. But she stresses that she will not change her job for “anything in the world”. She lives day and night in this house Tuesday through Tuesday and hands the wand to her co-worker the following week. During the day, a second teacher comes to help. Then there are the heads of departments and family auditors who connect with “normal” families, and organize visits for parents who have the right to do so (a house is provided for this purpose to house them in the village).

There is also a full management team (manager, accountant, technical agents) and a psychologist who complement this organization.

In addition to the prominent social role of this village, it was designed “as a real educational tool” Because this EcoVillage offers A living environment with high environmental standards with children’s awareness of preserving the environment through daily actions.

* For their own good, brothers and sisters must sometimes be in different houses but in the same village to maintain emotional closeness.

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