SOS Children's Village Lahore was our first project in Pakistan. The Village was officially opened in 1977 by former President, Chaudry Fazal Elahi. As well as providing a loving home for orphaned children, they attend educational and training facilities.
We help children to lead happy and successful lives
Children who can no longer live with their own family find a loving home in our Village. We began with fifteen family homes, and another four have been added since. One of these newer homes was donated by Mohammad Afzal, who grew up in this Village and is now a successful businessman based in Hong Kong. Children live in these family homes with their SOS brothers and sisters, and are cared for by SOS mothers and aunts.
Many children who have grown up in SOS Children's Village Lahore have gone out into the world and are achieving success. They include bankers, IT specialists, army officers, teachers, textile workers and government employees. They are all invited to the reunion of former children, which is organised regularly and provides an opportunity for them to renew their ties.
Providing opportunities for the whole community
An SOS youth home was built in the nearby area in 1985. Here, young people receive professional support to complete higher education and vocational training. We are planning to construct a new youth home soon and have been allocated land for this purpose by the Government of the Punjab.
When the Village was first opened, children attended schools in the community. However, we soon realised that for the children to receive a good quality education, we would have to build a school ourselves. It was decided that community schools would be established in alongside every SOS Children’s Village in Pakistan. This has several advantages. Not only do children living in Villages and those from the community receive a sound education, but it ensures that our children make friends with children who live nearby.
The importance of education
The SOS school, with a capacity for 1500 pupils, was opened in 1989. It has all the facilities for providing quality education, including a well-equipped science, language and computer laboratories, libraries, audio-visual aids and sports facilities. The results of the students are impressive, and demonstrate high academic standards. We strive for all our schools to be accessible for children from less-privileged families.
The SOS National Training Centre was completed in 2005 and is intended for centralised training of SOS Children employees from all over the country. It includes spacious classrooms and residential facilities for staff members attending workshops or training courses. Unfortunately, before it could be commissioned, the disastrous earthquake occurred in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and it has been converted into a temporary emergency shelter for orphans from that area. In the meantime, training courses are conducted within the Village premises.
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