Since SOS Children's Village Maputo opened its gates in 1992, the work has continued to expand. Today, SOS Children's Villages is not only caring for children in need, but is also providing invaluable support and offering hope to local families and communities through a number of facilities and programmes.
The SOS Kindergarten for up to 100 children has also been in operation since 1992 and consists of four group rooms, a kitchen and a playground.
At the SOS Hermann Gmeiner School, primary and secondary school education is offered to up to 830 children. There are 24 classrooms, a canteen and a laboratory.
In the mid 1990s, the erection of an SOS Youth Facility was decided upon and it finally opened its doors in 1999. Up to 32 youths who have already outgrown the SOS Children's Village stay there during the time of their vocational training or higher education and prepare for an independent life.
In 2002, an SOS Social Centre was put into operation to offer help to HIV/AIDS affected families in the area. The aim of this facility is to support and strengthen socially and economically disadvantaged families, avoiding their breakdown and thus enabling the children to grow up with their biological relatives.
It offers home-based care, supports two community kindergartens with nutritional programmes for between 100 and 120 children each, and runs a school placement programme. Additionally, measures are taken to improve the living conditions of the families and to offer them psycho-social support. Up to 2,000 children and their families receive support through this outreach programme.