SOS Children's Village Lefkosa

The SOS Children's Village Lefkosa lies on the outskirts of Lefkosa, capital of the country, close to the main road between Famagusta and Güzelyurt. The multipurpose hall, erected in the style of an amphitheatre, represents the centre of the SOS Children's Village and the colourful painted outer walls of the SOS Kindergarten form a nice contrast to the brick buildings of the family houses.

SOS Children's Village Lefkosa consists of eleven family houses, houses for the SOS aunts (who support the SOS mothers and take care of the children when the mothers are on leave) and the village director, and an administration area. Additionally, a playground has been laid out. Seventy-eight children, who have lost their parents or can not live with them for different reasons, can be accommodated at the SOS Children's Village. On the site of the SOS Children's Village, 250 fruit trees were planted and these are supplied with water from an irrigation plant. Shops and different social facilities are located nearby and are easily accessible.

The SOS Kindergarten, including a day care centre, has a capacity for up to 80 children and comprises four group rooms. Furthermore, the SOS Youth Facility in Girne also belongs to the SOS Children's Village Lefkosa. Up to 30 youngsters, who have already outgrown their SOS families, stay there during their vocational training or further education, and their youth leaders help them prepare for an independent life. The family strengthening programme offers access to essential services for children’s development (eg. educational, nutritional and health support, social skills) and supports families to protect and care for their children. The programme also aims at linking families with income generating activities and offers help to improve the parents’ parenting skills.