SOS Children's Village Tlokweng

Tlokweng is a small town in the southeast of Botswana close to the South African border, about 12 kilometres from Gaborone, the capital of the country.

Gaborone was named after Kgosi (Chief) Gaborone who led the Batlokwa tribe into the area in the 1880s, when they settled in Tlokweng. In the early 1890s a colonial fort was built in an area now known as The Village near Tlokweng, and its ruins can still be seen today.

The SOS Children's Village Tlokweng offers a new home to up to 192 children and was officially opened by the Minister of Home Affairs in 1986.

It comprises sixteen family houses, houses for the village director and the SOS aunts (who support the SOS mothers and take care of the children when the mothers are on leave), an administration area, a small clinic and a multi-purpose hall.

The ancillary SOS Kindergarten consists of four group rooms, a kitchen and a playground, and has a capacity for up to 100 children.

Fruit orchards and vegetable beds were laid out on about two hectares of land, supplying the SOS Children's Village with most of the food needed.

The SOS Children's Village Tlokweng also includes two SOS Vocational Training Centres, which were established with local financial support. Vocational training courses in welding, carpentry, sewing, cooking and home-economics are offered.

The SOS Youth Facility accommodates youths during the time of their vocational training or education and gives them a chance to prepare for an independent life under the guidance of their youth leaders. It consists of three buildings, one on the premises of the SOS Children's Village, one in the town of Tlokweng and one in Gaborone, and each house has a capacity for fifteen youths.

Get shown around a family home at SOS Children's Village Tlokweng, Botswana