SOS Children's Village Hargeisa

Hargeisa is located in an enclosed valley of the Galgodon (Ogo) higlands, in the western section of the country.

The Hargeisa region has a fairly equable and milder climate as compared to the Gulf of Aden coastal area (one of the hottest areas on earth). The land on which the SOS Children's Village was built is located in the hub of the central residential and business district at Hargeisa. It is easily accessible by road and is also in close proximity to the airport.

The SOS Children's Village Hargeisa comprises 13 family houses (for approximately 130 children), a community house, village director house, administration building, service house/workshop/store, multipurpose hall and a "tukul"(African hut). The SOS Kindergarten accommodates four group rooms including one Montessori class for children with special needs (for about 130 children) and a kitchen.

The SOS Social Centre (Family Strengthening Programme) provides help to a total of 800 children per year. The SOS Social Centre focuses on the formation of community support groups, whose members exchange information and experiences, support each other emotionally, create awareness on the prevention of HIV/Aids in the community and lobby for protection of orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC).

It also helps regarding provision of books, school uniforms and school material to pupils and to lobby the government to provide bursaries. At the same time, it assists in getting loans, skills training, equipment based on individual family needs for income generating activities to ensure a stable, reliable source of income. In addition, the community resource and information centre provides access to information on women’s health issues and HIV/AIDS whilst the meeting space will be available for forums of support groups, open meetings and skills training for incomegenerating activities (tailoring, tapestry etc.).

SOS Medical Centre (mother and child) went into operation in April 2008. Its services benefit approximately 10,500 children und mothers per year. It comprises several examination and treatment rooms, voluntary counselling and testing centre (HIV/Aids and other diseases), one laboratory, one pharma-ceutical store. It provides diagnostic and basic curative services for common ailments in the area (respiratory tract infections, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/Aids etc.), immunization, pre-natal and ante natal care and raises the awareness of families on primary health care and health promoting behaviour change and helps to build the capacities of the community to provide basic health care through training.