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SOS CHILDREN'S VILLAGE INTERNATIONAL IN BANGLADESH

SOS Children's Villages International is the umbrella organisation of all SOS Children's Village associations worldwide. SOS Children's Villages is an independent, non-governmental, social development organisation that provides family-based care for children in 134 countries and territories and that advocates the concerns, rights and needs of children, especially of those without parental care.

Prof. Dr. Hermann Gmeiner, founder of SOS Children's Villages International, visited Bangladesh in 1972 immediately after the War of Liberation with his assistant - Mr. Helmut Kutin, Honorary present President of the organisation and met with 'Father of the Nation' - Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with the proposal of establishing SOS Children's Villages in Bangladesh. Bangabandhu welcomed Prof. Hermann Gmeiner's proposal. On behalf of the government of Bangladesh, the then Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare signed an agreement with the organization on 17 May 1972 to start SOS Children's Village activities in Bangladesh.

SOS Children's Villages Click here for details...

The first SOS Children's Village was established in Dhaka in 1972. Later on, SOS Children's Village programme was expanded to five other cities in Bangladesh - Rajshahi (1979), Khulna (1982) Chittagong (1989), Bogra (1995) and Sylhet (2011).

In each SOS Children's Village there are 10 to 16 family houses and in each family house there are 8 to 10 children. Children grow up in a stable family environment and are supported individually until they are able to live independently. Long term family based care of SOS Children's Village is rooted in four principles - Mother, Brothers and Sisters, House and Village.

The impacts of SOS Children's Village activities are beneficial and instrumental in improving the personal, familial, economic and socio-cultural life situations of the helpless children.

SOS Youth Facilities Click here for details...

Grown-up boys are shifted to SOS Youth Villages under the direct guidance of Youth Village in-charge. The boys of these projects are provided with higher education or vocational training on the basis of their interest and merit. SOS Youth Villages are rather a half-way house for the boys between SOS-Children's Village and the society. The main objective is to help and guide them in the process of preparing through higher education and skill training and enabling to integrate into society as a law abiding, productive citizen.

SOS Children's Village International in Bangladesh also operates a variety of educational, social, medical and agro-based programmes for the children and mothers of neighbouring communities. The programmes are -

SOS Hermann Gmeiner Schools/Colleges Click here for details...

Four SOS Hermann Gmeiner Schools/Colleges have been established in Dhaka, Khulna, Chittagong and Bogra. The objectives of establishing these Schools/Colleges are to minimize the schooling problem and to provide better educational facilities to our SOS children and to the children of neighbourhood.

SOS Vocational Training Centre Dhaka Click here for details...

Two SOS Vocational Training Centres have been established in Dhaka and Chittagong to provide skill training for school-dropout/slow-learner boys of different SOS Children's Villages and also for the non-school going boys of poor families of the society. Two-year and One-year long trainings on Machinist, Electrical, Electronics, Automobiles and Carpentryare offered in these projects.

SOS Social Centres Click here for details...

SOS Social Centres are functioning in Rajshahi, Khulna, Chittagong and Bogra. Under Family Strengthening Programme (FSP) through SOS Social Centres we have been providing education, food and Nutrition support to the neighboring poor children through their families who are at risk of being abandoned. Besides, we have been providing ṠCare Facilities' for the children of poor working mothers, free ⥶entive and Curative Treatment' for the poor women and children and skill training for the poor women to generate family income.

SOS Mothers' Training Centre Click here for details...

SOS Mothers Training Centre (MTC) has been established in the year 1997 to develop desired professional skill of co-workers through organizing different training courses on the basis of need and strategic goals of the organization.

SOS Youth Village and Training Centre Click here for details...

The agro-based training project - SOS Youth Village and Training Centre in Bagerhat was established in the year 1993. Slow-learner boys from different SOS Children's Villages who have interest on gardening and farming take four-year comprehensive training on raising duck, poultry, dairy, pisciculture and agriculture with aim to be self-employed and financially independent. Besides, an Agro-farm Training Programme (1 year duration) and Carpentry Training Course (1-year duration) are offered every year for the poor youths of neighbouring community at free of charges.






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