During his visit to the SOS Children's Village in Maputo, Djimon Hounsou played with the children, presented them with gifts such as toys and sweets, and also acted out a few of the scenes from Blood Diamond. Twenty-four children from this children's village were chosen as extras for this Hollywood movie and got to act alongside Djimon and actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
At the end of this visit, Djimon told the SOS Mothers:
"You are the queen of queens in Africa! You are so important for these children!"
In the guestbook of the SOS Children's Village Maputo, he wrote: "Thank you for helping the kids dream of a brighter future!"
Djimon continues to support SOS Children's Villages and especially in his native Benin. Ahead of the organization's 20-year anniversary in Benin in June 2007, Djimon said: "Congratulations to SOS Children's Villages in Benin! For twenty years, you have cared for the orphaned and abandoned children of my home country. Without you, these children would not have had a loving home, a mother, and a family. You have given them the chance for a future, and have helped their communities grow strong."
"I am proud to know that in Benin, children who may have lost everything else have not lost their chance to grow up in the wonderful environment that SOS Children's Villages provides. On behalf of the children of Benin, please accept my thanks for the work you do," Djimon added.