SOS Children's Village Gandaki is situated near the town of Pokhara in central Nepal, about 6 hours by car from the capital of Kathmandu. It was set up after a devastating landslide had hit the region in 1978 and opened its gates in 1979. In Pokhara, there are two SOS Children's Villages: SOS Children's Village Gandaki, which is for Nepali children and SOS Children's Village Pokhara, which is for Tibetan refugee children.
SOS Children's Village Gandaki consists of 15 family houses, the village director's house, a community centre, coworkers' residences and some administrative buildings. Up to 150 orphaned or abandoned children find a new home there. On the site of the SOS Children's Village, there is also a temple. An SOS Youth Facility, where teenagers are given the opportunity to prepare for independence while they are still at school, college or university, or doing vocational training, was opened in 1989.
SOS Hermann Gmeiner School Gandaki consists of a kindergarten, a primary and a secondary school for up to 800 pupils in total. Since 2003, there has been an SOS Social Centre which offers community support, health counselling and day-care. This centre also offers family-strengthening programmes such as literacy courses for children and professional training in income-generating activities for women from poor families. Both the SOS Hermann Gmeiner School and the SOS Social Centre are open to the people from the local community.