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Third SOS Children's Village for Swaziland

Third SOS Children's Village for Swaziland

On 10 September 2010, SOS Children's Village Swaziland opened its new Village in Siteki

On 10 September 2010, SOS Children's Village Swaziland opened its new Village in Siteki. Siteki is the third SOS Children's Village in Swaziland (the other two are located in Mbabane and Nhlangano) and has been home to children and SOS mothers since December 2009.

Siteki is located in the east of the country, in the Lubombo region between Manzini and the border with Mozambique. Development within this region is progressing slowly and it is difficult for the locals to access necessary services. Overall, the HIV/AIDS pandemic combined with widespread poverty has left nearly one-third of all children in Swaziland living under extremely poor and difficult circumstances.

SOS Children's Village Siteki consists of 12 family houses for 120 orphaned, vulnerable or neglected children. An SOS Nursery, an SOS Medical Centre, an SOS Social Centre and offices for the Family Strengthening Programme are situated on another plot of land just across the street, forming a "Community Service Centre" for the whole neighbourhood. An already existing nearby Primary School was extended and supported with the aim of increasing its performance capabilities and its capacity to admit children both from the SOS Children's Village and the surrounding community.

SOS Children's Village Siteki 1The SOS Nursery offers pre-school education to up to 100 children both from the SOS Children's Village and the surrounding community. The SOS Medical Centre provides basic health care to the community including a mother-and-child clinic offering ante-natal and post-natal services to women in the neighbourhood. In order to improve the general health conditions, health education and information are also on offer. Up to 2,000 patients a year benefit from the services of the SOS Medical Centre in Siteki.

The SOS Primary School with its additional, newly erected classrooms offers enough space to accommodate up to 750 pupils. The efforts of the SOS Social Centre and the Family Strengthening Programme mainly focus on children and families affected by HIV/AIDS. The Family Strengthening Programme is projected to be able to reach out to about 800 children living with terminally ill parents or in a child-headed or granny-headed household within four years after its inception.

In total, the social programmes of SOS Children's Villages in Swaziland benefit more than 12,000 children and adults.