SOS Children's Village

Nuwara Eliya





The second SOS Children’s Village in Sri Lanka is situated on 2.5 acres of land at Bambarakelle, Nuwara Eliya (180 km from Colombo), in the central hill country of Sri Lanka. It is 6,283 feet above sea level, with the coldest climate in the country.

SOS Children’s Village Nuwara Eliya was inaugurated in April 1984. In 1983, the country faced a difficult situation, when an armed group unleashed hostility between the two main communities - Sinhalese and Tamil. SOS Children’s Villages were able to bring children of these two communities together as one family – hence it was a timely project.

At SOS Children’s Village Nuwara Eliya a total of ten families, six Sinhala and four Tamil were established. We were able to build a strong and united SOS Family, while the same two communities unleashed war in the country.

Throughout the long years of the civil war that the country was unfortunate to go through, SOS Family Nuwara Eliya, was setting an example as to how the two communities could live as one with understanding and peace.

Five mothers who were the first group of mothers are now retired from active service as SOS Mothers and are living in the Mothers’ Retirement Home. SOS Kindergarten, SOS Youth Facilities for Boys and Girls, FSP Programmes and Mothers’ Retirement Home are the other ancillary projects in Nuwara Eliya.

Village Impact

The second SOS Children’s Village in Sri Lanka was established in Nuwara Eliya in April 1984. After two decades, today more than 227 children, both Sinhala and Tamil, have integrated into society and are leading independent lives.

Family strengthening efforts in the community focus on educational assistance and employabilty training.


Children and youth in our care



Families supported


Life in the Village

Youth Facility

SOS Youth Facility for Boys at Piliyandala provides ten scholarships every year. The scholarship is called - Hermann Gmeiner Scholarship - and these are awarded to boys qualified to pursue their studies in General Certificate of Education (GCE)- Advanced Level but who does not have financial means to continue. Scholarship holders come from all parts of the country and receive a two year full scholarship to attend Advance Level classes at Hermann Gmeiner School Piliyandala.

Family Strengthening Programme

To date,  407 children and young adults are receiving assistance under the SOS Family Strengthening Programme through seven Community Centres that have been established in the localities.

Contact SOS Children's Village Nuwara Eliya

Mr. Kumar Muralindra

Village Director

SOS Children’s Village Nuwara Eliya
PO Box 22
No. 190, Kandy Road
Telephone: +94522222789
Mob: +94777914808

Contact Donor Services at SOS Children's Villages

Ms. Ganga Subashini

Assistant Director -   Donor Services

SOS Children’s Village Piliyandala
PIliyandala- 10 300, Sri Lanka 
Telephone: + 94 11 2702 712
Mob: + 94 763 237 422