For 30 years, SOS Children’s Villages has been making an impact on the lives of so many people, more especially children in South Africa. 1982 marked the founding of the national association “SOS Children’s Village Association of South Africa”. Since then, SOS Children’s Villages has been serving the greater good in South Africa, starting with our greatest hope, the children.
The SOS Children’s Villages Association of South Africa is a member of SOS – Kinderdorf International, the largest private welfare organisation for children in the world. Over 200 000 children benefit from the various residential, educational and developmental programmes operating in 135 countries. Former President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu are among the most prominent advocates of SOS Children’s Villages in South Africa.
8 Children’s Villages and 3 SOS Social Centres located around South Africa offer care and support for the children under their care. Ennerdale, the first village to be established in South Africa, was built in 1983 in what was then a “coloured” township south of Johannesburg city centre. The Ennerdale village consists of 16 family houses and is currently home to 158 children. Other villages are in Mamelodi, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Pietermaritzburg, Mthatha, Nelspruit and Rustenburg. The SOS Children’s Villages broke down barriers by caring for children of all races by multi-racial SOS mothers, which prior to 1992 had been impossible under apartheid.
Further to this, with the prevalence of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in