Children’s Pavilion

Because they are isolated and lack financial resources, entire populations are currently deprived of any access to healthcare in their own country. To combat this blatant injustice, La Chaîne de l’Espoir has been developing the concept of “Children’s Pavilion” for the last 15 years.

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These true nursing homes are located close to hospital structures sponsored or built by La Chaîne de l’Espoir. They offer medical and social care to indigent children accompanied by a relative, who have often covered long distances to get medical and surgical treatment. The sick child and its parent stay on site from the preoperative period to convalescence. They are entitled to free care and transportation from their home, all those expenses being covered by La Chaîne de l’Espoir.

It is more than a shelter, as the children and their relatives also receive assistance and social follow-up to promote the quick recovery of the child back home.

Children’s Pavilions are also living and learning places: the children and their parent (usually the mother) are invited to share play and educational activities and participate in workshops on health education, hygiene and nutrition. 


As of today, four Children’s Pavilions have already been built by La Chaîne de l’Espoir. After the first Children’s Pavilion in Cambodia in 2003, the House of Hope in Thailand was built in 2004 for the abandoned or abused orphan children of Buriram. In 2008, the Kabul Children’s House started to be erected. Today, it has been replaced by the Kabul Children’s Pavilion which is bigger and located near the French Medical Institute for Children.

The Dakar Children’s Pavilion is currently under way next to the Cuomo Centre for Paediatric Cardiology and scheduled to open in the spring of 2017. Following the same logic, it will welcome children from all over Senegal and the subregions of West Africa. Lastly, a similar project is currently under review for the future paediatric cardiac surgery unit at Bamako that should open at the end of 2017.


La Chaîne de l’Espoir covers all the transportation and accommodation costs of the children and accompanying persons, the medical and surgical costs, the staff costs and the operational costs of the Children’s Pavilion.

For example, the total cost for a child operated on is as follows:

  • 3,000 euros for a cardiac pathology
  • between 600 euros and 1,500 euros for orthopaedic, reconstructive or visceral surgery

To help us

Newly created and hosted by the Fondation pour l’Enfance, the Alain Deloche Foundation’s mission is to finance the building and functioning of the Children’s Pavilions and the operations of the children.

The Fondation Alain Deloche is entitled to receive wealth tax (ISF) deductible donations.

To support the Children’s Pavilions of La Chaîne de l’Espoir and the young patients who will be staying there, you may address your donations:

  • By cheque payable to La Fondation pour l’Enfance sent by mail to La Chaîne de l’Espoir – à l’attention de Fabienne Ritter – 8, rue Maria Helena Vieira da Silva – CS 11417 - 75993 Cedex 14.
  • On line on the Fondation pour l'Enfance website - quoting: Fondation Alain Deloche (the corresponding tax receipt will be addressed by La Fondation pour l’Enfance).

Donation department contact person: Fabienne Ritter : + 33 1 44 12 66 49 -