The first ever SOS Children’s Village in Sri Lanka was established with 16 Family Houses in Piliyandala.First group of SOS Mothers, having being trained at Sarvodaya (Local NGO), moved into their New HOMES with children in December 1981. The Village has been home for three generations of children and the present children in the SOS families at Piliyandala are the fourth generation. At present the number of children in the Village is 135 in 16 families. More than 307 children have been successfully integrated into society during the past 35 years.
The first group of SOS Mothers are now retired and many of them continue to live in the Mothers’ Retirement Home which is also situated in the same compound. The SOS Kindergarten, SOS Medical Centre and the Hermann Gmeiner School are popular among the neighbourhood and are catering to the needs of the children and adults of the area.