SOS Children's Village Lavrovo

The second Russian SOS Children's Village is situated in the settlement Lavrovo, approximately seven kilometres away from Orjol. Lavrovo lies in the heart of Russia, about 350 kilometres south of Moscow, the country's capital. The decision to build SOS Children's Village Lavrovo was motivated by the result of previous studies about the sad living conditions of orphans in the town of Orjol. Besides, many children and youths in this region are still suffering from the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine in 1986. The about 3,500 inhabitants of Lavrovo mainly live on agriculture. Lavrovo offers a good infrastructure and all kinds of public schools and kindergartens. The official opening of the SOS Children's Village Lavrovo took place on 4 July 2000 in the presence of Helmut Kutin, president of SOS-Kinderdorf International, representatives of the Russian government and numerous other guests of honour.

SOS Children's Village Lavrovo is surrounded by an apple orchard and comprises twelve family houses to take in up to 84 children, a communal building, a workshop, a garage as well as houses for the village director and the SOS aunts (who support the SOS mothers and take care of the children when the mothers are on leave). Additionally, a playground was created.

In order to meet the needs of the growing number of youths who have already outgrown the SOS Children's Village, an SOS Youth Facility was established in Orjol in autumn 2001. The SOS Youth Facility can accommodate up to 14 youths, who can stay there during vocational training or higher education and prepare themselves for an independent life.