SOS Children's Village Brovary

The first SOS Children's Village in Ukraine has been established in Brovary, near Kiev, and was put in operation in spring of 2010.

Brovary is a town with more than 80,000 inhabitants, located approximately twenty kilometres from the city centre of Kiev. Its history dates back to the seventeenth century and its name means "brewers". Brovary is an important sports centre; several world and Olympic champions were born there or began their career at the local sport university. The premises of SOS Children's Village Brovary offer good infrastructure and are connected to the public supply system. It is surrounded by pine woods, a lake, and sports fields are also close by. The immediate neighbourhood consists of a middle-class residential area. Schools, shops, markets, and a hospital are close by.

SOS Children's Village Brovary comprises thirteen family houses (for up to 98 children), an administration area, a multi-purpose hall, a garage, and a workshop, a house for the village director and apartments for the SOS aunts (who support the SOS mothers and take care of the children when the mothers are on leave). The adjoining SOS Social Centre operates a family-strengthening programme offering a package of services designed to ensure access to essential services for children's development (eg. educational, nutritional and health support, social skills) and support families to protect and care for their children. The programme also aims at linking families with income generating activities and offers help to improve the parents' parenting skills. An additional community support programme offers a range of services which aim at more child-oriented teaching by enhancing skills of teachers and educators.