SOS Children's Village Muzaffarabad

Two girls using fingers to make a heart in PakistanThe original SOS Children’s Village Muzaffarabad was badly damaged by an earthquake in October 2005, before the program was able to open.

The new SOS Children‘s Village Muzaffarabad, which opened in July of 2013, consists of 6 family homes for about 70 orphaned and abandoned children in the community, as well as education and community facilities.

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In 1977 SOS Children’s Villages Pakistan opened its first SOS Village in Lahore. Today they operate 10 SOS Villages with 3 more under construction.

On October 8, 2005, an earthquake caused widespread destruction in northern Pakistan, and damaged parts of Afghanistan and northern India. Approximatly 73,000 people died, over 2.8 million people were left without shelter, and an estimated 2.3 million people went without adequate food.

Immediately after the disaster, SOS Children’s Villages Pakistan started an SOS Emergency Relief Program, focusing on the delivery of relief items to those affected, the establishment of a paediatric field hospital, provision of safe shelter and care for orphaned and vulnerable children as well as vulnerable women with or without children, and a family reunification program.

SOS Children’s Villages Pakistan was the only organisation authorized by the government of Pakistan to admit Kashmiri orphans.

On August 7, 2010, all five provinces of Pakistan – suffered from a devastating flood. It was the heaviest flood the country had experienced since 1931. More than 1,700 people lost their lives, and 650,000 lost their homes. Almost 14,000,000 were directly affected by the crisis. SOS Children’s Villages Pakistan started an Emergency Relief Program, focusing on the delivery of food packages, medication and shelter.

At present, there are ten SOS Children’s Villages in Pakistan, six SOS Youth Facilities, six SOS Schools, five SOS Vocational Training Centres, five SOS Social Centres, one SOS Medical Centre, and two SOS Emergency Relief Programs.