In August 2009, towards the end of the 30 years long civil war in the country, SOS CV SL was invited by the Sri Lankan Government to take care of the unaccompanied children in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps in the north of the country. In response, SOS CVSL set up Temporary Care Programme at Manik Farm - Chettikulam IDP Camp in August 2009. Within the first few days, nearly 250 children found shelter and care in this Emergency Relief Programme.
While caring for these children, SOS Co-workers were also working with other NGOs and government authorities to find the families of these young children. Within an year, the Organization was able to find the families of most of the children. After two years of the Temporary Care Programme, 81 children, who have lost either their biological parents or the parents were physically challenged due to civil war, remained under SOS care.
A Tamil Tradition - Kolam - two young girls decorating the entrance to their house
A breezy evening at the Jaffna SOS Children's Village
The sixth SOS Children’s Village was set up in Jaffna with these 81 children being cared for in two rented houses until completion of the construction of a SOS CV and other projects.
In August 2013,total of 87 children and mothers moved to their new homes at SOS Children’s Village Jaffna. The Village is situated five km from the Jaffna town and consist of 12 family houses (one family house is being used as the YF for girls on a temporary basis). At present 94 children are being cared for in nine families after 15 children being reunified with their families of origin. Arrangements are being made to bring home more children to the balance two vacant family homes in the near future.
SOS Kindergarten, SOS Youth Facility for boys and Computer Learning Centre too are located in the same campus.FSP activities have recently commenced and at present 307 children are being assisted under this programme. Plans are made to increase this number to 300 children in future. A proposal has been made to commence FSP activities in Kilinochchi, an area, which has a large number of widows headed families as a result of the civil war.
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Contact SOS Children's Village
SOS Children’s Village Jaffna
No. 219, Nayanmar Street
Telephone: +94-21 2211101/2
Mob: +9477 3733711
Contact Donor Services at SOS Children's Villages
Assistant Director - Donor Services
SOS Children’s Village Piliyandala
PIliyandala- 10 300
Telephone: + 94 11 2702 712
Mob: + 94 763 237 422
Fax: + 94 11 2702 321