Children should be able to grow up in a loving family and grow up to be their strongest selves. We at SOS Children's Villages Sri Lanka work to support children and families in need. In doing so, we act quickly and unbureaucratically, actively engage and bring in our expertise as an international organization in a variety of ways. For example, in crisis housing groups, in counseling centers, outpatient clinics and aftercare, where children, adolescents and their families find what they urgently need: relief, support and the opportunity for a new perspective.
At SOS Children's Villages, we provide family-like care for children who have lost parental care. They are cared for in a home where they live with an SOS mother, their siblings, and other children. Children receive total quality care until they are ready to live independently.
This video will take you on an exciting visit to our SOS Children’s Village in Piliyandala! Watch this video and find out what we do at this Children’s Village.
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Through our Family Strengthening Program (FSP), we provide support to struggling families. We conduct counseling, skills training, and community-based programs to help families reach self-reliance and provide proper care for their children.
SOS Children's Villages Sri Lanka believes that every youth in need should have the opportunity to obtain a recognized vocational skill to live an independent life in society. This is one of the main concepts of youth empowerment practices the organization follows. SOS Children's Villages Sri Lanka has established 4 vocational training centres in the country to facilitate this need and has supported nearly 1434 under-privileged youth to obtain Vocational Training Authority (VTA) recognized National Vocational Qualification Level (NVQ Level) vocational skills.
SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka initiated the humanitarian assistance program, in September 2022. As with any crisis, children are disproportionately affected, and as a child welfare organization working for children's rights, we will focus on the basic needs of the individual child - food, education, health, and protection.
Child safety is everybody's business. We in SOS Children’s Villages commit to making a safe home for children and break the cycle of violence. We work to minimize children’s exposure to risks of abuse, neglect, violence, and exploitation, and ensure that every child grows in a protective and caring environment.
Every young person has the right to secure and sustainable employment. Opportunities like formal education, vocational training and internships will teach the youth competencies and life skills they need to find work and live independently.
We strengthen disadvantaged families to prevent crises that can in the worst case scenario lead to children being placed in out-of-home care
Hermann Gmeiner School in Piliyandala welcomed the first batch of children to this fully fledged school in the year 1985 with the children who were at the SOS Children’s Village in Piliyandala at the time. Hermann Gmeiner School in Piliyandala serves a total of 982 children including 173 children from the SOS Children’s Villages currently. Hermann Gmeiner School was primarily a concept of Dr Hermann Gmeiner who intended to ensure not only the children at SOS Children’s Villages have access to a good school and a sound education, but the children from the neighbourhood also receive the same benefit. The school currently has classes up to GCE A/L and has showcased the talents of the children in many areas such as sports and arts.
Pre School education is a critical part in shaping a child’s life. Identifying this aspect of education , SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka set up SOS Kindergartens alongside each of the 6 SOS Children’s Villages and 2 social centres. Across the 8 kindergartends, we serve almost 500 children currently. SOS Kindergartens serve the children from the SOS children’s Villages and children who belong to families who are financially challenged. This gives an opportunity for the children at SOS Children’s Villages to mingle and build strong relationships with children from the neighboring communities.
SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka is concerned of the holistic development of a child. Hence each of our SOS Children’s Villages has a medical center on ground which serves the children who are living at the SOS Children’s Villages and the neighboring community with an income below poverty line.
Some of the services provided are regular medical needs, Antenatal clinics, Immunization clinics, Family planning clinics etc