SOS Children's Village Zanzibar

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SOS relies on the kindness and generosity of Canadians to be able to provide a home for the most vulnerable children of Africa.

 

By becoming a child sponsor you are helping an individual child in need.

(You will receive a Canadian charitable tax receipt)

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The SOS Children's Village Zanzibar is located within 7 kilometres of the harbour town of Zanzibar.

 

Besides the 11 family houses, there is the village director's house, an aunt's house (SOS aunts care for SOS children in the absence of SOS mothers) and an administration and service area. The SOS Kindergarten went into operation in 1995, and comprises four group rooms, a playground and several additional rooms.

 

The SOS Kindergarten applies the "Jolly Phonics" method in its teaching. It has capacity for approximately 150 children from the SOS Children's Village and its neighbouring community.

 

Due to the great demand for kindergarten places and the high quality of the child care being offered there, the kindergarten works in two shifts. The children being cared for are between the ages of 4 ½ and 6 ½.

 

When youths are about 15 years of age, they move out of the SOS Children's Village and into one of the two SOS Youth Facilities. The older boys in the SOS Children's Village live in temporarily rented houses until a suitable plot of land is made available for the construction of the new youth facility.

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Moving into the SOS Youth Facility involves having a great deal of responsibility for themselves, as they are being looked after by only one care giver, and this is an important step towards their independence. The SOS mothers, the village director and a psychologist prepare them carefully for this step. It is presumed that youths will live at the youth house for about four years, though those attending university can stay longer.

 

In 1993, an SOS Hermann Gmeiner Primary and Secondary School was added to SOS Children's Village Zanzibar, which has 28 classes. A total of 800 children are being taught by some 40 teachers at the SOS Hermann Gmeiner School at the moment. SOS Hermann Gmeiner School graduates always achieve good total scores in the national "O" Level exams.

 

In order to offer the local population better medical care, in 1998 the SOS Medical Centre was officially opened. About 160 patients are assisted in three examination rooms every month. A Mother and Child Clinic and a Gynaecological Clinic are planned to be constructed to complement the SOS Medical Centre. Through time, the SOS Children's Village facilities in Tanzania have developed into a true community centre and are therefore optimally integrated into their environment.

Our Impact

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The SOS Kindergarten in Zanzibar are a fundamental building block for the early development needs including, intellectual and social skills for children.
1 KINDERGARTENS 177 Kindergarten students
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SOS Medical Centres in Zanzibar provide quality health care to the children in our care, our staff, our staffís family as well as people in the surrounding community.
1 MEDICAL CENTRES 16384 Patients
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SOS Social Centres in Zanzibar aim is to help families, in particular women and children, living in communities neighbouring the SOS Children's Villages to gradually escape from poverty, and to help young people become self-reliant.
2 SOCIAL CENTRES 585 Beneficiaries
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The SOS Children's Village in Zanzibar provides loving homes to orphaned and abandoned children
1 VILLAGES 85 Orphaned and Abandoned Children
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The SOS Youth Facilities in Zanzibar provides youth with a loving environment where they learn to transition into independent living and to expand their education
2 YOUTH FACILITIES 192 Youths in our Care

Our Impact

SOS Early Childhood Education Kindergarten Icon
KINDERGARTENS
The SOS Kindergarten in Zanzibar are a fundamental building block for the early development needs including, intellectual and social skills for children.
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KINDERGARTENS
177
Kindergarten students
Medical Centre
MEDICAL CENTRES
SOS Medical Centres in Zanzibar provide quality health care to the children in our care, our staff, our staffís family as well as people in the surrounding community.
1
MEDICAL CENTRES
16384
Patients
SOS Social Centre Icon
SOCIAL CENTRES
SOS Social Centres in Zanzibar aim is to help families, in particular women and children, living in communities neighbouring the SOS Children's Villages to gradually escape from poverty, and to help young people become self-reliant.
2
SOCIAL CENTRES
585
Beneficiaries
SOS Village Icon
VILLAGES
The SOS Children's Village in Zanzibar provides loving homes to orphaned and abandoned children
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VILLAGES
85
Orphaned and Abandoned Children
SOS Youth Care Program Icon
YOUTH FACILITIES
The SOS Youth Facilities in Zanzibar provides youth with a loving environment where they learn to transition into independent living and to expand their education
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YOUTH FACILITIES
192
Youths in our Care