SOS Children’s Village South Africa is a child development organisation with interventions that respond to the situation of children at risk of losing parental care and those already lost it.
These interventions focus on enabling children to develop to their full potential within a caring family environment (whether their family of origin or an SOS family), so that they are able to become self-supporting and contributing members of society.
SOS Children’s Village has got 11 facilities across the country.
( 8 villages and 3 social centres).
These facilities are based in coastal and in-land communities.
Along the coast we have Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Mthatha and Pietermaritzburg. Whereas, in-land there is: Mamelodi, Ennerdale, Rustenburg and Nelspruit. Then social centres: Qwa-Qwa in the Free State, Mathanjana in Mpumalanga and Sekhukhune in Limpopo
SOS Children’s Village South Africa has 2 programmes which are:
Family Based Care Programme (FBC)
It is a residential programme which provides care and support to children placed in SOS facility after they have lost parental care.SOS gives children the opportunity to build lasting relationships within a family and are enabled to live according to their own culture and religion. Each child has a caring mother, and grows up most naturally with brothers and sisters, in their own house within a supportive village environment. Currently there is 828 children and youth in the FBC.
SOS Children’s Village South Africa is one of the 35 Sustainable Path countries that strive for independence from international subsidies. As such, SOS South Africa undertook major changes in its organizational structure and in the set-up of the Children’s Village programmes. According to Strategic Initiative 1 “Innovate alternative child care”, SOS CV SA is focussing on community-integrated SOS families, quality foster care and other alternative care options for children in emergency situations and in need of care and protection. As such there are 3 SOS CV SA families that have been successfully integrated into the community, 2 in Ennerdale and 1 in Port Elizabeth programme. There are 3 Foster Care programmes which have been implemented, 1 in Mamelodi, 1 in Pietermaritzburg and 1 in Ennerdale. The priority areas for 2018/2019 is to physically and socially integrate at least 1 additional SOS family directly into local communities in Ennerdale, Mamelodi, Pietermaritzburg and Port Elizabeth programmes.
Family Strengthening Programme (FSP)
This is a community outreach project designed to prevent children from being deprived of the care of their family, by addressing the causes of why this happens.
The programme supports children who are at risk of losing the care of their family to grow within a caring family environment.
We work directly with families and communities to empower them to effectively protect and care for their children, in cooperation with local authorities and other relevant stakeholders.
The programme interventions are provided while children are in their families of origin.
The FSP is providing support and care to a total of 4298 children and youth.