SOS Children's Village Rafah

SOS Children's Village Rafah is situated about 15 km from the town of Rafah, at a village named Deir Sultan. It consists of fourteen family houses, the village director's house, accommodation for co-workers, a house for the so-called SOS aunts (SOS mother trainees or family helpers who support the SOS mothers during their daily work and fill in for them when they are ill or on leave), a community house and an emergency clinic. 2000 saw the addition of an SOS Kindergarten, where up to 160 children can be taken care of. SOS modern day orphanage in Rafah, PalestineThe SOS Kindergarten consists of six classrooms and two playgrounds. In February 2006, the SOS Children's Village was extended by an SOS Youth Facility for girls in which, as occasion demands, up to seven girls can be accommodated.

In September 2004, the second SOS Kindergarten was started in Khan Younis. At the time being, it accommodates roughly 160 children mainly coming from the city of Khan Younis, near Rafah. It consists of five class rooms, a computer lab and a nice green garden.

Since there had hardly been any educational facilities in the poor area surrounding the SOS Children's Village, an SOS Hermann Gmeiner Primary School was opened in 2001. It comprises eight classrooms for up to 150 pupils, an administration area and a playground. Both SOS Kindergartens and the SOS Hermann Gmeiner Primary School are open to children from the local community as well.

The SOS Herman Gmeiner Social Centre (SOS Centre for Social Resources and Training) has opened in April 2005. In this SOS Centre university professors provide students from the local universities (approx. 2800 students) with practical and theoretical training courses in fields like computer skills and languages. The SOS Hermann Gmeiner Social Centre includes a small SOS Medical Centre.