We are currently building Pakistan’s ninth SOS Children’s Village in Quetta, the largest city and the capital of the Balochistan Province in the west of the country, bordering Afghanistan. The city is known as the "Fruit Garden of Pakistan", due to the diversity of the plants and animals which can be found there. However, the province is the most deprived in Pakistan and much of its population, including a large number of Afghan refugees, live in extreme poverty.
The Government of Pakistan has donated five acres of land for us to build an SOS Children’s Village in Quetta, which, once complete, will provide a new home, a mother and a family for 150 children with no one else to care for them, as well as benefiting the local community.
The new Village will comprise 15 family houses, five of which have already been built. The first SOS families have already been formed and the SOS mothers and their 56 children are temporarily living in two rented properties in Quetta, as well as in the newly constructed SOS Youth Home. The Youth Home is well-equipped with facilities including a library, a computer room, a TV room and a spacious playground. They will move into the Village once their houses are completed and furnished.
Once the families have moved into the Village, the Youth Home will be available to support up to 10 older children from the Village to make the transition to independence. They will live here whilst undertaking vocational training or further education and prepare themselves for an independent life outside the SOS Children's Village with the support of qualified SOS Youth Workers.
The children from the Village will attend the local primary and secondary schools, helping them to integrate into their local community. A Community Centre on the site will offer valuable facilities for the SOS families. The centre will have a library and a computer room to help children to complete their homework. Playrooms and a community hall will provide space for the children and families to socialise together and spend time with their friends.
SOS Children have been working in Pakistan since 1977 when the first community was built in Lahore. A further seven Villages have been built in Pakistan and four, including Quetta, are currently under construction. Today, the SOS Children's community is considered a model for modern child care in Pakistan. Through all of our Villages, youth homes, schools, training programmes, social centres and medical centres, SOS Children in Pakistan support over 40,000 children and families a year.