SOS Children's Village Galle

Little girl smiling in Galle, Sri LankaThe foundation stone for SOS Children's Village Galle was laid on 26 March 1988. The SOS Children's Village was completed in early 1990 after some difficulties and delays due to the unrest in the country. Galle, which is located at a distance of about 160 km from Colombo, has become the biggest town in the south of the island. The SOS Children's Village is situated 4.5 km from the city and consists of 12 family houses made of pink natural stone, which were constructed in 2 rows on a hilly site.

There is an SOS Kindergarten and an SOS Social Centre, which are both open to the people from the neighbourhood. At the kindergarten, up to 130 children can be taught in four group rooms. The social centre includes a room for medical treatment as well as rooms for counselling and crafts classes. It coordinates the local family strengthening programmes. Near the SOS Children's Village, there are several schools, a hospital and a market. At Hapugalla, an SOS Youth Facility was set up in 1994. Youngsters from the SOS Children's Village normally move to the SOS Youth Facility when they start a vocational training course or go on to higher education in order to learn to shoulder responsibility and to start making their own decisions.