SOS Children's Village Lipa

Sponsored children going walking together in Lipa, PhilippinesSOS Children's Village Lipa is situated at Banay-Banay, a suburb of Lipa City. Lipa is about 150 km from the capital, Manila, on the island of Luzon. The SOS Children's Village consists of 12 family houses, the village director's house, and a community house.

The younger children are looked after at the SOS Kindergarten, which is also open to children from the neighbourhood. It has three group rooms, a multi-purpose hall and a playground. In 1989, a home for retired SOS mothers was established. In 2006, the SOS Social Centre opened its doors. It consists of an office, a multi-purpose hall and a room for medical treatment. The centre offers day care for children from the neighbourhood and runs community support and family strengthening programmes.

The SOS Children's Village also has two SOS Youth Facilities, one for girls and one for boys. Youngsters in their mid-teens from the SOS Children's Village normally move to an SOS Youth Facility when they start a vocational training course or go on to higher education. With the support of qualified youth workers, they 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. The SOS Youth House for girls is on the premises of the SOS Children's Village, whereas the one for boys is at a separate location closer to the city centre.