June 30 2010
Oscar Nominee Djimon Hounsou and Kimora Lee Simmons visit SOS Children's Village in South Africa
30/06/2010 - SOS Children's Villages in South Africa welcomed acclaimed actor Djimon Hounsou and his wife, Kimora Lee Simmons, to its village in Cape Town on 21 June during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The couple toured the area, visited with the children, and expressed their support for SOS Children's Villages worldwide.
In his visit to the SOS Children's Village in Cape Town, Hounsou expressed his support for the organisation: "SOS Children's Villages is fantastic. It gives children a strong family connection and helps them to dream big...of a brighter future. As I watch the World Cup athletes who are so focused and dedicated, I appreciate that SOS Children's Villages is helping children who would otherwise only be dreaming of their next meal, to feel the security that allows them to dream bigger dreams...like one day competing in the World Cup."
Group portrait with Djimon Hounsou and Kimora Lee Simmons in Cape Town - Photo: SOS Archives
Marcia Cannon, director of the SOS Children's Village in Cape Town added: "The visit from Djimon and Kimora was incredible! The children performed three dances to welcome the couple who spent the afternoon at the village. Djimon thanked the children for their presentation and encouraged them to continue with their performing arts - 'as they were fantastic'. He also thanked the SOS Mothers, especially for their commitment and the time invested in the lives of their children. Kimora presented the children with gifts, which absolutely thrilled them."
Hounsou's relationship with SOS Children's Villages runs deep. In 2006, Djimon Hounsou first visited an SOS Children's Village in Mozambique during the filming of the Oscar-nominated film "Blood Diamond". In the years since, he has been an avid supporter, exemplified through his partnership with SOS Children's Villages USA.