SOS Children's Village Tomilino

SOS mother and sponsored boy in RussiaTomilino is a suburb of Moscow, situated about 25 kilometres from the city centre of the Russian capital. The 4.7 hectares plot of land chosen for the erection of the SOS Children's Village is densely wooded and gives the children enough space for various spare time activities. Children attend the local kindergartens and schools; markets and shops are nearby and easily accessible. The children are fully integrated into the local community and eagerly participate in different social events; for example, the choir of the SOS Children's Village took part in the celebration of Alexander Pushkin's 200th birthday. The official opening took place on 16 April 1998 in presence of Helmut Kutin, president of SOS-Kinderdorf International, representatives of the Russian government and numerous other guests of honour.

SOS Children's Village Tomilino comprises eleven family houses, a communal building, a garage, a workshop 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). Up to 77 children can find a new home in the eleven family houses, where their SOS mothers take lovingly care of them.

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 autumn 2002. The SOS Youth Facility can accommodate up to 38 youths, who stay there during their vocational training or higher education and prepare themselves for an independent life.