SOS Children's Village Kavre

The seventh SOS Children's Village in Nepal is situated in Kavre, near the small towns of Panauti and Banepa, about 40 km east of the capital Kathmandu. The district is called Kavre. The main reason for the establishment of this SOS Children's Village was the need of more family-based care in the region of Kathmandu. SOS Children's Village Sanothimi was not big enough to admit all the children in need. SOS Children's Village Kavre is situated in a rather rural area, but in Banepa there are schools, colleges, hospitals and supermarkets. It is not far from Kathmandu University as well.

SOS Children's Village Kavre started its operation in November 1997; it was officially opened in 1999 in the presence of the late king Birendra and Mr Helmut Kutin, the president of SOS-Kinderdorf International. It consists of 14 family houses, which can accommodate up to 140 children, the village director's house, and the necessary administrative buildings. There is also an SOS Hermann Gmeiner School including primary and secondary school and an SOS Kindergarten. These facilities are open to children from the neighbourhood as well, and there is a big demand because of the good reputation of the school. In addition to the twelve classrooms, the school has two laboratories, a computer lab and a library. SOS Children's Village Kavre draws its water from its own natural spring. In 2003, an SOS Vocational Training Centre was established in Kavre. Future SOS mothers and other staff receive their first training there. The SOS Social Centre in Kavre organizes different support programs in order to strengthen local families.

In 2008, an SOS Youth Facility for 18 boys was constructed. Young people often move out of the village and into a youth facility when they start a vocational training course or go on to higher education.

With the support of qualified youth workers, the young people develop realistic perspectives for their future, learn to shoulder responsibility and increasingly make their own decisions. They are encouraged to develop team spirit and build up contacts with relatives and friends, as well as with the relevant authorities and potential employers.