SOS Children's Village Kankan

The idea to build another SOS Children's Village in Guinea's second largest city Kankan was born in the shadow of the poor socio-economic conditions which were further aggravated through the civil war in the neighbouring countries (Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea Bissau).

Fortunately the Swiss Friends of SOS Children's Villages were prepared to take over all the construction costs of the SOS Children's Village project in Kankan. Ceremonial opening through Guinean President S.E. Gen. Lansana Conte's representative, the environmental minister and the general secretary of SOS Kinderdorf International took place on 8 March 2005.

The SOS Children's Village Kankan is located in the city of the same name, about 520 km from Conakry. It consists of twelve family houses in which about 120 children can be accommodated. Furthermore, it consists of a house for the Village Director, a guest house, an administrative and service block, and a house for the so-called SOS Aunts (which supervise the children in case of an SOS mother's absence).

The SOS Kindergarten which is also part of the Children's Village has sufficient space for 71 children from the SOS Children's Village and the local neighbourhood. As education facilities are scarce in the surrounding area, an SOS Hermann Gmeiner Primary School and an SOS Hermann Gmeiner Secondary School for about 360 pupils were constructed next to the SOS Children's Village in January 2004. Both schools comprise twelve classrooms, a multi-purpose hall, two administrative blocks and a service block.

SOS Social Centre (family strengthening, community support, health counselling) was put into operation in February 2008. The programme organizes sensitization and counselling sessions to ensure efficient funds management to different groups. It offers training sessions in management and marketing aiming to help family leaders to efficiently manage their activities and make profit out of them.

In December 2010, a SOS Youth Facility was opened in a rented house in Kankan. It has a capacity of 16 youths.